Graduate Jumps Right Into Medical Assisting Job
May 04, 2012
As a mother of five, taking care of others comes naturally to Kelly Keathley. She earned her associate’s degree in medical assisting at the Pikeville Campus, and now she has translated her caring nature into a career as a registered medical assistant at Kentucky Pain Physicians.
Kelly decided to go to school to help with her family’s financial needs. “Even though my husband’s a coal miner, with five kids we struggled every day. We got by but we didn’t have any extra money for anything,” she explained.
She also wanted to set a good example for her children. “They think it’s funny that mom was going to school with them but they also like it because mommy has money now,” Kelly said.
She liked the small class size and the personal attention that she received at National College. “We’re not just a number—they actually know your name here,” she said.
Kelly was placed in an externship with an orthopedics office as part of her program. “That was a wonderful experience,” she recalled. She felt well-prepared for the work that she was asked to do there. “They were really nice as far as letting me jump right in. I wasn’t put aside.”
As graduation neared, she worked with Career Center Director Kelly Rapauch who assisted her in finding her job. “Kelly did help me a lot,” she said. “She set up the interview, and I got hired the same day.” Her job offer came in just a couple of weeks after completing her program.
Kelly recently became more involved in the clinical side of the practice, where she works closely with the patients. “I absolutely love it,” she said. She appreciates her employer, and she hopes to work there for many years. “We could not ask for a better boss.”
“Education is something that nobody can ever take away,” Kelly says as she beams with pride about her education and her job. “Now, in my opinion, there’s nothing that I can’t do.”
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)