Medical Assistant Begins Professional Career on the Same Day She Graduates
Jun 15, 2012
On Thursday, May 24, Andrea Brewer (pictured) experienced two milestones in her life. “I actually started working the day of graduation,” explained Andrea who began working as a registered medical assistant for Means Adult Primary Care in Mount Sterling on the same day as the Lexington Campus commencement ceremony.
“I felt lucky—very lucky,” Andrea said of being hired by the practice where she was placed as an extern. Her work at the clinic is a big change from the job that she held at a logistics company for almost 11 years. There, she worked in a hot warehouse—sometimes 7 days a week.
“Now, I know I’m going to be working 8:30 to 5:00 and I like the regular hours,” shared Andrea who said that her sons, ages 13 and 5, are excited about her new career. “I know I’m going to have my weekends. My son is into sports and I get off work in time to pick him up from practices. It’s meant a lot to them.”
Andrea said that when she began researching schools she came in to check out National College and enrolled the next week. Since she hadn’t been to school in such a long time, she wanted to attend a college where she felt comfortable and there were smaller class sizes.
As a student, Andrea found what she was looking for at National. “My favorite part was getting into the lab classes and actually getting the hands-on [experience]…learning the injections…you actually get to do it while you’re learning,” she explained.
“I had always wanted to go back to school so here I managed to do it...it wasn’t something that I started and didn’t finish,” Andrea said with pride. She encourages those considering returning to school to do the same. “If you’re going to do it you’ve got to stick to it. It’s worth it in the end.”
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)