Medical Assisting Grad Balanced Family and School
Jan 27, 2012
Renee Jefcoat came to the Roanoke Valley Campus looking for a change in her career. She graduated two years later with an associate’s degree in medical assisting, and she found the career that she loves as a medical assistant. “I came into school not knowing what I wanted to do,” she shared, “[I] didn’t expect to like it –I loved it.” As a medical assistant for a local pulmonary physician’s office, Renee says she does a little bit of everything and uses the full range of skills she gained while at National College.
Returning to school after several years, Renee was a mom, married to a veteran, and unsure of how she would be able to attend school at the same time. National College walked her and her husband through the process of transfer of his veterans benefits, and offered her an Armed Services Spouse Appreciation Grant (ASSAG), which enabled Renee to graduate debt free. She also noted that the College offered morning and evening classes, making it possible for her to balance family and school. She attended evening classes, often doing homework with her oldest son after he got home from school and before she headed to class.
“I definitely left [from classes] the first night and thought, ‘this is going to be hard – I don’t know if I can do this’ – and I just stuck with it,” Renee said, “I really enjoyed it and it’s definitely helped me.” She found support in the close knit community of her teachers and fellow students. “We stuck together,” she said.
After graduating, Renee passed her Registered Medical Assistant exam (RMA) and started working immediately, even running into her instructors who had taught her from their experience as they worked in the field. “Everything I learned [at National] was what I needed to know for [my job],” she shared with confidence, “I’m glad I had the classes I did.”
She looks forward to gaining more experience in the field and perhaps pursuing a further degree in becoming a registered nurse. For now, she likes using the knowledge she’s already gained and working at a busy office where her job is never dull. She’s grateful for her degree from National: “I would recommend National College to anybody – they have small class sizes, manageable homework, manageable tests, everything about National College; they work with you to fit into your schedule.”
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)