Allied Health and Public Service Education

The Allied Health and Public Service Education division offers a variety of programs designed to meet the increasing demand for specialized professionals in the burgeoning health care, child care, and public service industries. The programs in this division present a broad range of career options for individuals desiring a career in an Allied Health or Public Service profession. The division offers a variety of programs at the Associate in Applied Science degree, diploma and certificate levels. Some areas of study are offered on a day and evening basis.

In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, each program emphasizes learning experiences at health and public service settings in the community. This extensive training at clinical, pre-hospital, laboratory, child care, or law enforcement facilities affords students a unique opportunity to develop the specialized skills required for employment in a health or public service profession.

An individual desiring training in a health or public service program should have a background in chemistry, biology, science, mathematics, and social sciences. The applicant to an area of study in this division should become familiar with the selection criteria and application deadlines for the specific program. Persons interested in a health or public service career are advised that professional licensure, certification, employment, or admission to clinical/work experience sites may be denied to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.

For students interested in starting or managing their own business, the Student Business Incubator is one of many programs and services offered by the A-B Tech Small Business Center/Business Incubator.


Graduation Requirements

“Because of rapid changes in workplace technologies, certain technical courses will “time out” after five years and must be repeated for graduation. Exceptions must be approved by the department chairperson.”

All courses with the following prefixes DEN, EMS, MLT, NUR, RAD, SAB, SON, SUR, VET, MED, PBT, CAT, MRI are designated as 5 year “time out” courses and must have been completed within five years of graduation.


A.A.S. Degrees Conferred
Associate Degree Nursing
Criminal Justice Technology
Dental Hygiene
Early Childhood Associate
Emergency Medical Science
Fire Protection Technology
Human Services Technology
Medical Assisting
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Sonography
Surgical Technology
School-Age Education
Veterinary Medical Technology

Diplomas Awarded
Dental Assisting
Practical Nursing

Certificates Awarded
Basic Law Enforcement Training
Computed Tomography (CT)
Early Childhood
Fire Protection Technology
Human Services & Substance Abuse Studies
Infant/Toddler Care
Special Education

Associate Degree Nursing RIBN* Option /
Western Carolina University    

Health Information Technology / 
McDowell Tech Community College

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Diploma / 
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

*Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing