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Externship Leads to Full-time Job for Graduate

Aug 13, 2012

Miranda Mallicoat, a graduate from the Louisville Campus, is proud to be working as a certified surgical technologist at Floyd Memorial Hospital which was recently named one of the “Best Regional Hospitals” in the Metro Louisville area by US News and World Report.

Miranda said she checked into several surgical technology programs in the area before deciding on American National University. “I met with [Campus Director Vincent] Tinebra and the staff and they were very friendly and very helpful and I was impressed with that, so that’s what made my decision,” she recalled about her first visit to the campus. As she started taking classes and got more involved in her program, she also found her instructors to be helpful and very knowledgeable.

American National University surgical technology students are placed in clinical rotations in area hospitals during their program. The clinical rotations and the externship that follows allow students an opportunity to observe and eventually assist with surgeries in area hospitals. Miranda said that each offered an opportunity for her to gain hands-on experience. “It helped me build some skills and knowledge base to get a job,” she explained.

Miranda said that fellow graduate Robert Coole, who also works at Floyd Memorial, helped her land her job at the hospital when he gave her an excellent recommendation. She urges students to use any connections they have when searching for a job and to also take advantage of externships as a stepping stone to employment.

Miranda enjoys the variety that her job brings as she prepares for and assists with different surgeries every day—from vascular to general to ear, nose, and throat. She finds orthopedic surgeries to be the most interesting. She feels well prepared for her new career in health care thanks to her training at American National University. “They’ve given me the skills and the knowledge to succeed in the field,” she said.

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