A new school that will offer allied health care programs opened Tuesday in Bowling Green.

Ross Medical Education Center, which has 22 other locations in four states, opened its first Kentucky campus at 1751 Scottsville Road, Suite 1.

Next month, the center will offer three short-term certificate programs: medical assistant, pharmacy technician and medical insurance billing and office administration.

Ross Education LLC, which owns the center, conducted a demographic study of Bowling Green and found it’s a growing area with a number of health care jobs available, said Don Klobucar, director of new campus development for Ross Education.

“It’s kind of neat coming into Kentucky,” Klobucar said.

The center is in a great location in town, close to several medical facilities, he said.

On the center’s opening day Tuesday, Klobucar said it was busy with prospective students applying and meeting with admissions representatives. People had expressed interest in the center before construction was complete, he said.

“That’s what you hope to see when you’re building,” Klobucar said.

Allied health is the fastest-growing industry in the country, and the need for professionals in each of the areas for which Ross offers certificates is expected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2020, he said.

The center’s classes are limited to 24 students.

“They’re not lost in the shuffle,” Klobucar said of the small class sizes.

Another of Ross’ selling points is the short length of the programs, which take from seven to 10 months to complete.

“That’s our niche in the marketplace,” Klobucar said. “They’re only learning what they need to learn for their program.”

Classes are taught by local health professionals. Some teaching positions at the Bowling Green location are still being filled, Klobucar said.

Ross students receive a lot of hands-on experience, both in class and during an internship they complete at the end of their training, he said.

The only requirements for Ross’ programs are a high school diploma or GED, Klobucar said.

“There are no prerequisites for any of our programs,” he said.

Tuition for the medical assistant and medical insurance billing and office administration programs is $15,740, Klobucar said. Tuition for the pharmacy technician program is $14,240. Financial aid, grants and loans are available.

Tuition includes all equipment and books that students need, Klobucar said.

“It’s all inclusive,” he said.

— For more information, visit RossEducation.edu, call 800-833-7677 or stop by the center at 1751 Scottsville Road, Suite 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

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