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March 09, 2012


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Medical Assisting Student Finds Employment with her Externship

Medical Assisting Student Finds Employment with her Externship

Tomika Young does a little bit of everything in her job as a registered medical assistant at an ears, nose, and throat clinic (ENT clinic) in Charlottesville, Virginia. “I make sure the patient has a great visit from the time they step in the door till the time they leave,” she says, summarizing the many administrative and clinical tasks she handles into one overarching goal. It’s a role that Tomika was well-prepared for, having finished her medical assisting degree at National College’s Charlottesville Campus and completing her externship at the clinic before being hired on after her graduation.

“I got a lot from the [medical assisting] program,” Tomika says about her preparation at National for her current job. “I liked the medical terminology class,” she shares about the classes that taught her what she needed for her position. “I liked the procedures classes more than anything – being able to do hands on,” she explains – noting how learning to draw blood, take blood pressure, etc. are a part of her daily interactions with patients.

Beyond training her for her career, Tomika felt like she became a part of a community at National. The small-class sizes allowed her to get to know her instructors and her fellow classmates. “I enjoyed all the staff [at National],” Tomika says, “and each student was like family.” She completed her program quickly, within two years, and states that she had a good time through the entire experience.

The same close community environment has continued into the office at the ENT clinic, with Tomika being one of four workers who assist the doctor in running the clinic. “We all work together,” she shares, explaining how everyone keeps the schedule so that they can all have time with family and keep the clinic running smoothly.

Looking ahead to the future, Tomika states that she wants to continue on: “I really like this field – ENT is where it’s at,” she says with a smile. She looks forward to learning more, expanding her ability in the field, and adding to the skills she’s already gained as a graduate of National College.

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College and Career Success

College and Career Success

Only a few months have passed since Janae Vick walked out of the doors of the Columbus Campus to begin her new life as a American National University graduate, but she is already busy making an indelible mark on the health information technology (HIT) profession. Upon graduating, she earned the position of clinical innovation specialist at Humana, which is a health benefits organization that provides health insurance to individuals and companies. Her duties at this job involve attaching notes to the inpatient hospital or skilled nursing dates of service, taking incoming calls from providers and members in regards to the cases concerning approval and member services, and meeting production measures.

Before coming to American National University, Janae was working in a dead-end job that didn’t give her the personal and financial satisfaction that she desired. She knew about American National University because she lived close to the campus, but she was really nervous about giving it a try because her previous attempts at college had not worked out. However, her family urged her to enroll, and Janae liked the fact that National offered her the chance to complete an externship before graduating that would give her practical work experience in her field along with the degree. Thanks to the small class sizes and hands-on training she received at American National University, she was able to meet her goals.

In the small amount of time that Janae has been with Humana, she has been successfully implementing the concepts her instructors taught her and is making a great impression on her colleagues there. “She listens, is very energetic, and you can tell she’s someone who really wants to do well,” said Kristin Ritter, a manager, regarding Janae’s performance at the organization.

Even though she has started a bright new chapter in her life, Janae intends to keep moving forward. She has plans of earning a bachelor’s degree in HIT. Additionally, she has her eyes set on a medical coder position with Humana. Janae credits dedicated instructors like Gloria Livingston with helping her to succeed with her education.

“She took her time with us to make sure we understood the material,” Janae said about Gloria, adding that Gloria “really cares about her students and will do her best to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.”

PHOTO: Janae Vick sits with Kristin Ritter


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On-campus Career Fairs Assists Students in their Job Search

On-campus Career Fairs Assists Students in their Job Search

On March 6th, students at the Akron Area Campus attended an on-campus career fair with 14 employers on display. The employers showcased job openings for careers in healthcare, IT, and business. Representatives from the participating companies met with interested students and even held interviews on site. As a result, several students are being considered for positions.

During the career fair, student Elysia Trimble was one of many students to give out lots of resumes. “This was a great opportunity for me to meet directly with employers in my field.” She will graduate in June with a degree in Health Information Technology.

Career fairs are one of many ways that National commits to helping students succeed. The campus career centers are focused on helping students find employment in their field of study, and it also helps local employers who are seeking qualified and motivated candidates for employment.

PHOTO: Student Elysia Trimble is pictured submitting her resume to employer, Hattie Larlham.


 
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