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Phlebotomy+ECG Program Offers Rapid Access to Medical Career

 Phlebotomy+ECG Program Offers Rapid Access to Medical Career

A new phlebotomy/ECG diploma program was recently launched at many American National University Campuses offering students rapid access to entry-level careers as phlebotomists and ECG technicians, two key skills in demand in many health care facilities.

In the short-term program, designed to be completed in thirty weeks, students gain hands-on experience drawing blood, assessing patients’ heart rhythms, and recording electrocardiograms in the ANU lab.  They will also receive in-field experience during an externship in a local health care facility. 

“This program is short in duration and it allows me to gain the proper knowledge that I will need to work out in the field and get my foot in the medical world.”

In addition, the program will prepare students to take the Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) and National ECG Technician (NCET) exams, valuable credentials as certifications become increasingly important to employers.

“This program is short in duration and it allows me to gain the proper knowledge that I will need to work out in the field and get my foot in the medical world,” said Chasity Robinson, a student in the phlebotomy/ECG program at the Pikeville Campus.

After earning her phlebotomy/ECG diploma, Chasity plans to continue her education in the nursing program at the Pikeville Campus. As part of the university’s progressive education format, the phlebotomy/ECG courses are also transferrable to ANU’s medical assisting associate’s degree and medical health services management bachelor’s degree programs.

“ANU always has the students in mind when designing or revamping programs of study,” said Diane Morey, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs - health science education at ANU. “This enhanced phlebotomy and ECG technician program will certainly make graduates more marketable to health care recruiters.”

For more information about the phlebotomy/ECG program, visit www.an.edu or contact the ANU campus near you for current program offerings. 

A- Students in the phlebotomy/ECG program get hands-on experience in the ANU lab.

B- Chasity Robinson enrolled in the phlebotomy/ECG program at the Pikeville Campus because the short term program will give her a fast track to an entry-level job in the medical field.

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Graduate Hired By Her Childhood Pediatrics Practice

Graduate Hired By Her Childhood Pediatrics Practice

Morgan Carpenter began her education at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus in September, 2013. “I knew I always wanted to be in the medical field and help people.  ANU’s medical assisting program had everything I was looking for,” she explained. “The small classes and one-on-one time with instructors really appealed to me.  I love the fact that they knew you by name and that you were not just a number to them.”

“I loved my ANU experience.”

Although Morgan found balancing her time with the demands of going to college challenging, she perservered and graduated from ANU in September, 2015. As a result of her tenacity, she was afforded a job opportunity just three days after graduation at the same pediatric office that used to treat her as a child. Morgan is ecstatic to work for Valley Pediatrics in Waynesboro and especially loves that she gets to work with children. “I enjoy interacting with my patients and helping them feel better,” Morgan said.  “I do what I was trained to do.  I pull patients [charts], perform vitals, and assist with exams.”

She feels that the hands-on approach and instructors with real world experience that she found in her classes at ANU prepared her well for her new career.  Morgan would emphatically recommend ANU to anyone that is pursuing their dream job in health care. “I loved my ANU experience,” she stated. “My future goal is to go back to school and get my bachelor's in the MHSM (medical and health services management) program.”

Morgan Carpenter was hired as a medical assistant at Valley Pediatrics just three days after graduating from the ANU Harrisonburg Campus.


LEXINGTON
Lexington Veteran Taking On Exciting New Career

Lexington Veteran Taking On Exciting New Career

U. S. Army veteran Justin Merrell is just starting his second term in the network administration program at ANU with dreams of his new career. His six-year stint in the Army, where we worked on the electronics, avionics, and armament systems in helicopters, provided him with tremendous technical skills and the impetus for his training at the Lexington Campus.

“The NET program is a natural progression from my military training. We did a lot of data transfer and other procedures with computers, so this seemed like a solid career direction. I realized that I had to find a career – one that I loved and could use my military training in. The aviation industry is nearly non-existent in Kentucky so I had to get creative with my career plans.” stated Justin.

“The NET program is a natural progression from my military training.”

Justin found ANU through an  online search. "ANU is a great fit for me. The small classes, close proximity to my home, and the family atmosphere I felt when I visited made it an easy choice," he explained.

His wife's support has also been critical to his success in his program. "My wife helps critique my written work and is my biggest supporter," he shared. "I’ve only finished my first term but I have learned a lot already. This is just the start – I will pursue my bachelor’s with ANU and go as far as I can. I have a great head-start and I’m headed to the top.”

Justin also had some very sage advice for anyone considering school. “Go all in,” he said. “If you are fully committed to your schooling you WILL succeed.”

A-U.S. Army veteran Justin Merrell is preparing for a civilian career in the field of IT in his network administration program at the ANU Lexington Campus.

B- Justin worked on the electronics, avionics, and armament systems in helicopters while serving in the military for six years.


RICHMOND
Graduate Advances from Laundry Attendant to Front Office Supervisor

Graduate Advances from Laundry Attendant to Front Office Supervisor

Graduate Kristy McKinney has advanced from laundry attendant, to front desk associate, to front office supervisor at Holiday Inn Express, using the skills that she gained in her business administration—management program at the ANU Richmond Campus.

Kristy first visited American National University with her aunt who is an ANU graduate.  “I liked the small classes,” she explained. “The small group type [of class] makes it easier for me to learn and concentrate.”

“The small group type [of class] makes it easier for me to learn and concentrate.”

At ANU, Kristy’s oral and written communications classes helped increase her confidence as she interacted with her clients and with her coworkers and managers at the hotel.  She also expanded her knowledge of computer programs in her technology classes. “Excel and Word-- I use that a lot now with being a supervisor at the hotel, so that just helped me tremendously,” she said.

Kristy is proud to have earned her diploma, setting an example for her four children, while finding a career that she enjoys. “I really like my career here and I’ve never thought about going anywhere else,” she stated. “I love meeting the people from everywhere.”

Although going to college and raising a family wasn’t easy, she urges others to stay the course and complete their programs. “Just hang in there,” she advises. “It’s worth it in the end.”

A- “I love meeting the people from everywhere,” Kristy McKinney said of her job working as the front office supervisor of Holiday Inn Express in Richmond, Kentucky.

B- Kristy was able to advance in her career after gaining better communications and technology skills in her business administration-management diploma program at the ANU Richmond Campus.


 
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