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Graduate Finds Career at Largest Healthcare System in the Region



Sep 11, 2012

As a mother of four without an education or a career, Cynthia Nieto reached a point in her life where she knew she needed a change. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and though it was a scary time for her, she said, “It helped me decide what I really wanted to do with my life.”

Prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer, Cynthia got her GED and started working in local schools as a substitute and translator. Her plan at that time was to become a teacher. But after going through cancer treatment, she formed a new passion. Her doctors and nurses took such good care of her that they inspired her to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

After receiving a clean bill of health, Cynthia enrolled in the medical assisting degree program at the Bristol Campus with a minor in medical billing and coding. “I loved the fact that National had smaller classes that allowed more one-on-one attention,” she said. “The staff was great too. [Student Services Representative] Marla Quesenberry was so helpful if I ever had any questions.”

After graduating and passing the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, Cynthia got a job offer at First Assist Urgent Care, which is a part of Mountain States Health Alliance. She really enjoys the fast paced environment and the variety that each case brings. “It keeps the days from being routine,” says Cynthia. She also loves her schedule of 4 ten-hour shifts and an extra day off each week. “National has changed my life completely. I went from being an unemployed single mom with a dream to being a Registered Medical Assistant working at the largest healthcare system in the region.”

Cynthia Nieto is pictured in her new role at First Assist Urgent Care.

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