History of Academy of Allied Health Careers

The school opened in 1994 as the Academy of Certified Nursing Assistants with approval from the State of Tennessee. After multiple public and community requests, new programs were developed:

  1. Clinical Medical Assistant program in September 1995
  2. Phlebotomy Technician program in February 1996
  3. Cardiac Monitor Technician program in April of 1996

The name was changed to the Academy of Allied Health Careers in 1995 due to the expansion of courses. In July of 2007, the Academy was purchased by Heather Wilga and a partner. In July 2009, Mrs. Wilga purchased 100% of the membership shares making her the sole owner. Mrs. Wilga attended North Western College where she obtained her LPN and completed her Associate Degree in Nursing at North East Alabama Community College. She has worked as an RN in various specialties and hospitals throughout her career.

After purchasing the business, Mrs. Wilga conducted an in-depth market analysis and curricula review. Programs without a strong job market were closed and new programs were added.  Offering programs that address today's job market continues to be her focus.   The following programs are currently offered:

  1. Clinical Medical Assistant
  2. Medical Administrative Assistant/Electronic Health Records
  3. Medical Administrative Assistant/Clinical Medical Assistant (MAA/CMA BUNDLE)
  4. Nursing Assistant
  5. Phlebotomy Technician
  6. Professional Coder PLUS 

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The Academy of Allied Health Careers is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, and fiscal responsibility. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by The Academy of Allied Health Careers, or to obtain or review additional information describing THEC's approval process, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.   

The Academy is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350. Phone: 800-917-2081. To obtain additional information describing the accreditation process, please visit http://council.org.

Non-discriminatory Policy

The Academy is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status in its admissions procedures, educational programs, services, activities or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and/or any other applicable federal statute.

Grievance/Complaints Procedure

The Academy desires to settle any and all complaints within our institution in a manner that is satisfactory to both parties. Any grievance or complaint not settled with the instructor should be brought to the attention of the administrator: Heather Wilga, 5600 Brainerd Rd., Suite C-3 Chattanooga, TN 37411. Phone (423) 499-4999. If an amicable agreement is not reached, the student should contact the Tennessee Higher Education Commission at: Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN. 37243-0803. Phone: (615) 741-3605. Any person claiming damage or loss as a result of any act or practice by this institution that may be a violation of the Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 20 or Rule Chapter 1520-01-02 may file a complaint with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Post-secondary State Authorization. https://www.tn.gov/thec.