Skills and Externship Ease Medical Assistant into Career
Aug 13, 2012
Stacy Allgeier Batton, a graduate from the Florence Campus, used to be afraid of shots and she broke down in tears when she had to have her blood drawn. Now, she’s a confident registered medical assistant working for St. Elizabeth Physicians and she said that giving shots is one of her favorite parts of her job.
She credits her instructors from the medical assisting program at National College for making her new career possible. “She said ‘I have faith in you. I know that you can do it,’” Stacy recalled of one instructor’s supportive words. “She gave me the encouragement that I could get past my fear of doing this so that I could help other people.”
Stacy was a stay-at-home mom when she saw National College on TV and decided to stop by the campus which was just down the street from her home. “I knew that I needed to do something to further my education to make life better for myself and my family,” she shared regarding her decision to return to school.
She liked the “personal aspect” of National where everyone knew her by name and instructors cared about the grades that she was making in their classes. She could even talk with the campus director if she had a problem.
Stacy was placed as an extern at St. Elizabeth Physicians. She said that she was nervous going into the externship but that she quickly saw that her training had prepared her well. Now that she’s a full time employee with the practice she finds that’s not always the case with students from other schools who may not have the skills they need when they come there to extern.
As she settles in her new career, Stacy finds the one-on-one interaction with her patients rewarding. “National gave me an outlook on my future that I could be more than just a stay-at-home mom and a wife—that I could actually have my own career doing what I love and helping people,” she said.
She appreciates the structure and stability that her new career brings to her life, including benefits such as health insurance. “It’s made my life so much easier-- knowing that I have a job,” she said. “I thank God that I have a job and that I have somewhere that I can come work every day.”
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)