As a professor and the first director of Northeast State’s Cardiovascular Technology program, Connie Marshall enjoyed watching the College’s division of Health-Related Professions expand during the past decade. She now takes the reins as the division’s new dean overseeing five academic programs at the Regional Center for Health Professions (RCHP) in Kingsport.
“It was exciting news to be named dean of this division,” said Marshall. “We have a terrific group of people to work with that truly care about teaching and students learning the skills they need to be successful in their careers.”
Marshall succeeds former dean, Don Coleman, who became assistant vice president for Academic Affairs earlier this
year. She received her associate of science degree from East Tennessee State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Tusculum College.
The division of Health-Related Professions includes the academic programs of Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Surgical Technology, and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. The departments select students through a competitive selection process based on academic performance and competence in curriculum requisites. Approximately 145 students are presently enrolled in the five programs.
“We involve local health care facilities with our programs through advisory boards and guest lectures, and that allows us to stay current with technology changes, and assure the graduates have the knowledge and skills that the facilities want in potential employees,” said Marshall. “We have students doing clinical rotations at facilities in the Tri-Cities, Morristown and Asheville.”
Health-Related Professions division operates at the RCHP as part of the Northeast State at Kingsport teaching site. The division’s full-time faculty and staff teach lecture and conduct laboratory components of each course. Marshall said the division expects to add certificates of completion for phlebotomy which is the process of drawing and collect blood samples and electrocardiogram testing in the near future.
She added that students often turn to health-related professions majors because of very personal experiences with illness. “They are students with a history of experiencing illness whether personally or through a family member,” said Marshall. “They become involved in health-care to enter a profession where they can help others and society in general.”