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Certification Opportunity and Work Study Experience Prepare Student for Upcoming Career



May 04, 2015

Jessica Richards enrolled in the medical assisting and medical billing and coding programs at the Richmond Campus shortly after her daughter was born. “I went to other universities before and I didn’t like them because they were so big,” Jessica recalled. “When I had [my daughter], I said, ‘I have to do something.’ I wanted her to look up to me.”

In her programs at American National University, Jessica enjoys the personal level of attention that she receives from her instructors. She also feels that the opportunity to sit for the registered medical assistant (RMA) certification exam as part of her program is a big plus. “The good thing about National is you take [the RMA test] before you graduate. A lot of places just let you go on and graduate and you don’t have that certification,” she explained. “That’s one of the big [reasons] why I chose National, because that’s included.”

In addition, as a participant in the federal work study program, Jessica is also gaining administrative experience working on loan to the Kentucky Career Center, where she checks clients in, provides referrals, assists clients by phone, and more. The partnership is a win-win for both Jessica, who’s getting great experience to add to her résumé, and the Kentucky Career Center, which has gained an extra set of hands. 

“I’m ready to get out there,” Jessica said of her upcoming career in the medical field. “I like being able to help people. [My degree] is going to give me [a lot of] opportunities that I’ve never had before.”  

Medical assisting student Jessica Richards is using her administrative skills and getting experience dealing with the public working as a federal work study student on loan to the Kentucky Career Center.

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