Hard Work Pays Off as Graduate Begins To See Her Dreams Coming True
Jul 24, 2012
Crystal Moretto marched across the graduation stage this May and earned her medical assisting degree from the Madison Campus. Like many National College graduates, she is confident that her degree was already worth the hard work and long hours of studying that had to be done to get to the commencement ceremony.
Crystal knew her associate’s degree in medical assisting was about to start paying off because directly after completing her externship she landed a job with Advanced Care Centers in Nashville. Even though she knew gaining a job at the place where she worked as an extern was a possibility because she saw it happen to other classmates, Crystal was still very excited and honored that it happened to her.
“It feels good that I did such a good job at my externship that they actually found a place for me on their payroll,” said Crystal. “I know I got the job based on my attitude and good work ethic ... From the very first day as an extern, I took initiative to any task assigned to me and wasn’t afraid of a new challenge.” She fondly remembers, “When I walked into my externship, I told them I wanted to learn everything from the front door to the back door.”
In her new job as a registered medical assistant, Crystal helps manage a family care health facility where she takes vital signs, assists with medical procedures and tests, schedules appointments, processes referral paperwork, verifies insurance, calls in prescriptions, answers patient questions explaining office procedures and treatments, and does anything that’s asked of her with a positive attitude.
“I enjoy working for Dr. Alicia Hall because she’s all about learning,” said Crystal. “She loves to hear someone is continuing their education to better their life. She’s a teaching doctor that makes you stretch your limits and helps you improve on your weaknesses.”
Crystal is already thoroughly enjoying her career in the medical field and said her favorite thing about being a medical assistant is talking to and listening to her patients. “I like working with patients and helping them with their medical problems, but sometimes what the patient needs most is just a smiling and caring face greeting them and making them comfortable enough to forget they are in a doctor’s office. I enjoy bonding with patients and am amazed by how they can teach me so much about life; I even swapped recipes with one lady and now have a delicious fruit salad recipe to make for my family.”
“National prepared me for real world experiences and all of the staff and instructors played a big role in my success,” said Crystal. “Their commitment, dedication and love for the students creates a great support system for the student body. Teachers sharing their stories and career experiences really helped me … everything I learned at National matches up with what I do now in my day to day medical career.”
Crystal was a wonderful and bright presence to have at the Madison campus and it’s no surprise she was chosen to win an achievement award at graduation for her accomplishments as an outstanding student. “Just earning my degree was a huge accomplishment for me, but getting and succeeding in a job in the career field I worked so hard to graduate from is the best feeling I’ve experienced so far in life. I know my degree is going to make me and my family have a much more successful life.”
Crystal is planning to one day return to the campus to pursue a second degree in business administration-management to help her achieve her other career goal of becoming a medical office manager.
Crystal Moretto is pictured as she accepts her achievement award at the Madison Campus graduation ceremony earlier this year.
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)