Benefits of a Healthcare Career

Working in any healthcare field can be very challenging, but with that challenge come the rewards of a career which affords you the ability to help people, feel good about your job, be in demand by employers, have workplace stability, and work with other professionals with a similar sense of purpose. US Department of Labor Healthcare Career Guide

The Early Days

The radiologic technology program was the first health science program offered by Chattanooga State. It began in 1972 as an option in the Nuclear Technology (Health Physics) Program. It became a stand-alone program in 1975 with the creation of a Division of Life and Health Sciences, which began with four programs in place.


By 1977, the division had grown to include dental hygiene and assisting, medical records technician, mental health associate, orthopedic physician's assistant, physical therapist assistant, and forestry, fisheries, and wildlife management, and all biological sciences.

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The Health Science Center opened it's doors in October, 2009. Providing students access to the latest advancements in health education, the HSC is a technologically-sophisticated educational facility. Signature features of the new 100,000 sq. foot facility include a 150-seat auditorium, large multimedia tiered-seating classrooms, a multipurpose conference room, and a variety of state-of-the-art laboratories for clinical study.

Merging Powers

The Nursing Division was developed in 1982 by Dr. Tanya Gorman. In 1988 the Nursing Program and the Allied Health Programs merged to create the Nursing and Allied Health Division. Since those 5 initial programs offered here at Chattanooga State, the NAH Division has grown with the needs of the healthcare system and now offers 21 disciplines in various health related fields. Also in 1988, the Regional Program Concept was created with the MRI program. The Division desired to meet not only the needs of the immediate community, but the Southeast region as well.

Present Day

Today, the Division offers six different regional programs that cover a six state area surrounding Tennessee. Currently, the Division has 51 full-time faculty and 57 part-time faculty that are involved with student learning. We maintain very low student to instructor ratios, which means we can provide the necessary contact needed in learning any challenging field. With over 230 graduates each year, we offer the highest number of graduates in career programs in the region. Each year approximately 600 students attend health related courses at one of the Chattanooga State locations (Main, Dayton, Kimball or Sequatchie/Bledsoe).

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