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Student Gains Hands-On Experience during Externship

Mar 03, 2015

Shaniece Oliver was working two jobs to make ends meet when she enrolled in the medical assisting program at the Memphis Campus. “I moved out when I was nineteen and got my own place,” Shaniece recalled. “I was in two dead-end jobs that I knew for a fact I wasn’t going to make a career out of, so I decided that before I turned twenty, I had to get in school.”

After visiting a number of local colleges, Shaniece was excited that she could get started right away in her program at National. “The next term was starting, and I went to orientation that Saturday; so, boom, boom, boom – [it was] that quick,” she said. 

Shaniece has particularly enjoyed her clinical classes. “I’ve learned a lot,” she stated. “My hands-on classes that I had, that was the most exciting part to me, because it’s exactly what I’m going to be doing [in the field].”

Now in the last term of her program, she is also getting hands-on experience working in a medical office during an externship at Wolf River Foot Care, where she takes vitals, performs phlebotomy, and assists with minor surgical procedures. “I love my externship site; [I’m] basically the doctor’s right hand for whatever he needs help with,” she explained.

Shaniece can’t wait to begin her career as a medical assistant and plans to continue her education in the medical field. “I love people; I love helping people,” she said. “I always smile, and I love to put a smile on people’s faces, so I feel like I should be in the medical field.”

Shaniece Oliver came to National College for training in the medical field after working in two dead end jobs to make ends meet.

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tags: TN-Memphis Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)