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Stick Party Provides Opportunity to Practice Phlebotomy Skills

Jan 14, 2013

On Monday, January 7th, students from the medical assisting invasive procedures class at the Louisville Campus held a “stick party.” Stick parties are often held to give medical assisting students an opportunity to practice their phlebotomy skills on student and employee volunteers.

Joy Charter was one of the medical assisting students who participated in the stick party. She graduated from the medical assisting program at American National University in 2002 and, after staying at home to care for her children for several years, she has returned to take advantage of the refresher courses that are available for National graduates.

Joy said that being able to perform a venipuncture on a human subject, as opposed to a mannequin, was very beneficial. “It helps with the technique. It helps gets rid of the nervousness,” she explained. She looks forward to working as a registered medical assistant in a doctor’s office or hospital when her refresher courses are complete.

Medical Assisting student Joy Charter is pictured practicing her phlebotomy skills as she draws blood from medical assisting student Kelly Brown (right) during the stick party.

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