Graduate Jumpstarts Career in Medical Field
Aug 13, 2012
After graduating last fall with her associate’s degree in medical assisting, Roanoke Valley Campus graduate Traci Hall began working as a medical assistant at UVA Orthopedic Clinic and looks forward to an exciting career in the healthcare profession.
Prior to enrolling at National College, Traci had worked for a while as a waitress after graduating from high school, but she soon found she needed a career that would provide growth and stability for her and her family. She visited the Roanoke Valley Campus and was immediately drawn to the medical assisting program. Since graduating, Traci says the knowledge she gained in her courses has been invaluable to her on her job – and she praises classes such as her Invasive Clinical Procedures class, that helped her acquire the skills she needed to perform the many duties in the medical assisting profession.
By gaining in-depth knowledge of both the administrative and hands-on aspects of providing healthcare, medical assistants have the opportunity to work in several different branches of the medical field. At the UVA Orthopedic Clinic, Traci provides assistance to doctors who have specialized in musculoskeletal disorders, where her daily duties include administering medication, drawing blood, giving injections, and conducting tests for cholesterol and body-mass index.
Traci’s dedication and hard work which earned her position also made her stand out as a student at National. She was an active participant in volunteering for the Health Focus of Southwest Virginia’s Physicals Clinic and has participated in the Virginia Society of Medical Assistants Conference held in Norfolk, Virginia. It’s a path of high achievement that will serve Traci well in a career field with opportunity for growth. “I plan to continue my education and get my bachelor’s degree,” she says, “Health-care is something people will always need.” And just like the profession she’s chosen – Traci shows no signs of slowing down!
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)