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Waitress Finds Medical Assisting Her Path to Success

Aug 21, 2012

After attending a large four-year university for a semester, Bristol Campus graduate Samantha Cravens knew it wasn’t for her. The large class sizes were just too impersonal, so she decided to withdraw. She then got two waitressing jobs, but after two years Samantha was tired and burnt out. “I knew I didn’t want to be a waitress for the rest of my life,” says Samantha, so she started looking into other schools. She visited a few community colleges but thought the admissions representatives were hurried and pushy. Then she came to National. “I loved my admissions representative [Kaye Shipley]. She was so nice and helpful, and I really loved the flexible term starts.” Samantha enrolled in the medical assisting program and continued to work as a waitress while in school. She loved the smaller class sizes and that each class met only once a week, giving her plenty of time for homework and studying. “I also found the instructors very helpful,” says Samantha. “They really wanted their students to succeed and learn the material.”

After graduation, Samantha landed a job as a medical assistant at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology, where she preps patients for colonoscopies and endoscopies. Samantha loves her new job. “I am very happy,” she says. “It feels good to hear my family say how proud they are of me.”

Medical assisting graduate Samantha Cravens is pictured at work checking a patient’s blood pressure.

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