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The National Difference – Medical Assisting

Sep 08, 2015

Brianne Overbeek knows the value of a National College education firsthand. Having previously earned a medical assisting certificate from an unaccredited school, her opportunities were limited. She was working as a patient care technician at an area hospital when she began searching online for opportunities to expand her education. Soon she was sold on the Bristol Campus and National’s comprehensive medical assisting curriculum--accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Thanks to National’s student-friendly credit policies, Brianne was able to finish her associate’s degree program in about a year with transfer credit from previous college work. She loved the fact that National’s programs are focused on getting you into the workforce quickly, without a lot of coursework that isn’t relevant to your field of study. “Medical assisting is a great way to go,” she said. “You’re more rounded, you can do the office part, you can do the clinical part.”

Key to the real-world curriculum is the hands-on component of the program. “My favorite classes were obviously the clinical ones; the Invasive [Clinical Procedures] class was probably my most favorite,” Brianne added, noting that director of health science education Sheri Jesse was an outstanding instructor.

“You’re in school for a year to two years, but you have a job for the rest of your life.”

Less than three months after completing her program in April, she began working for Holston Medical Group, the Tri-Cities’ leading health care provider that works closely with National to fill the ranks of their workforce. Brianne couldn’t be happier. “I love all of it; I love being able to provide care for multiple, different types and ages of people,” Brianne said. “I also love the people I work with; I love the area. It’s a wonderful office, it really is.”

“Stick to it; it’s worth it in the long run,” Brianne advises fellow students. “You’re in school for a year to two years, but you have a job for the rest of your life.”

Graduate Brianne Overbeek was able to earn her medical assisting associate’s degree in about a year, thanks to transfer credits from her previous college work.

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