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Medical Billing and Coding Graduate Expands Her Skill Set in Medical Assisting Program



Apr 27, 2015

After completing her medical billing and coding diploma program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus, Sonya Baker was encouraged by her instructors to continue her education in the medical assisting associate’s degree program, where she’d gain clinical skills and expand her knowledge of the administrative side of the medical office.

Although Sonya was somewhat nervous about performing phlebotomy and dealing directly with the public, she accepted the challenge, and is enjoying using her new medical skills more than she ever imagined while working in her externship at Mercer Medical Associates.

“I felt like it was time for a change and to do something to better myself,” Sonya said of her initial decision to enroll at American National University. “Since I’ve been doing the externship, I just love dealing with the patients and checking them in; I really enjoy it.”

During her externship, Sonya was entrusted with a variety of duties, from taking vitals and performing glucose checks to working the front desk. She feels that she’s already impacting others’ lives, recalling one instance in particular when she helped a patient bring their blood sugar to a healthy level.

“I really enjoy being able to make a difference,” she explained. “That’s what I really want to do is be able to help people.”

Sonya Baker enjoyed using the clinical skills that she gained in her medical assisting program during her externship at Mercer Medical Associates.

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