Health career programs at Kellogg Community College

Editor’s note: The following article was published in July in Kellogg Community College’s Summer 2012 edition of CareerFocus magazine with the headline, “Health career programs at KCC.”


Kellogg Community College’s Allied Health programs are designed to meet the growing demand for health care professionals needed to care for a growing and aging population. Two-year Allied Health programs at KCC include Dental Hygiene, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), and Radiography programs.

Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene Program at KCC celebrated its 40th graduating class in 2012. The program accepts students by selective admissions each year and is designed so that a student can enter the program in the fall and successfully complete the program within two years.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The MRI program was new to KCC in the fall of 2011 and graduated its first class in the spring of 2012. Due to accreditation standards and the availability of clinical education assignments, acceptance is competitive and is based on the applicant’s prior academic performance.

Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Program accepts students through a selective admissions process. The program offers small classes, a well-equipped student laboratory, diverse clinical education sites and knowledgeable instructors who care about their students’ success.

Physical Therapist Assistant

The PTA Program at KCC was one of the first PTA programs in the country and was the first in Michigan. Each year the college selectively accepts students from around the state to participate in the two-year, five-semester program.


The extensive clinical experiences offered by KCC’s Radiography Program require the time commitment of a full-time student. Students are selectively accepted for the program, which runs for four academic semesters and two summer sessions, with each semester offering classroom lectures as well as supervised clinical experience.



KCC’s Nursing Program selectively accepts full-time students each fall and part-time students each spring, as well as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students who are admitted to Advanced Placement courses each summer. The program also offers training for Nurse Aide students.

Emergency Medical Services

The EMS programs at KCC include certificate programs for fields including Medical First Responder (MFR) and Basic, Intermediate (Specialist) and Advanced (Paramedic) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Also available is the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services, with either a management or education option. The MFR and Basic EMT programs are open entry, while the Paramedic Program selectively accepts students each year.


For more information about Kellogg Community College’s Health Career Programs, visit

Pictured above, KCC radiography student Michelle Meinema works during a clinical at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo this summer.