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Graduate Returns to Campus to Earn Certification, Stays to Teach



Jan 20, 2015

Sabrina Davis graduated in 2005 from the medical assisting program at the Knoxville Campus, and she is now giving back to the campus that helped her reach her career goals. 

After completing her externship, Sabrina was hired into a family practice, where she worked for five years before moving to a physiatrist lab where she performed the bulk of administrative duties. She was then promoted to the new patient and surgery coordinator position, reviewing charts ensuring information was complete and correct. For the past several years, she has been working in a lab setting, collecting and testing samples. 

Sabrina has enjoyed working in a variety of health care settings and has gained valuable experience along the way, but she realized there was something missing that could take her even further in her career. She decided to validate her knowledge and experience and obtain her registered medical assistant (RMA) certification, which at the time of her graduation was not required in the medical community. She returned to the Knoxville Campus and reached out to health care director Barb Neblett for guidance on becoming an RMA.  

After taking the exam and earning her RMA certification, followed by several encouraging conversations with Barb, Sabrina accepted a faculty position at the campus.  

“I’ve always been interested in teaching,” Sabrina stated. “I gained an immense amount of experience in my years of working in different environments as a medical assistant. I thought I could really help the students in bringing that real world experience into the classroom.”

(L to R) Health care director Barb Neblett helped graduate Sabrina Davis earn her RMA certification and become a campus instructor.

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tags: TN-Knoxville Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)