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Phlebotomy Fascinates Medical Assisting Student

Apr 21, 2014

Mackenzie Shearer became interested in phlebotomy while giving blood at a local blood bank.  “It just fascinated me,” she recalled.  After graduating from high school, she began searching for medical programs in her area and she found American National University online.

“I was deciding what I wanted to do and my next step, so I sent an email to National asking about phlebotomy. They described to me what medical assisting was…then I signed up when I brought my parents in [to visit the school] and they liked it,” she recalled of her enrollment at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

Mackenzie chose the medical assisting program because she will be trained to draw blood and she’ll also learn to perform many other duties in both the clinical and administrative sides of a medical practice.  Phlebotomy is still her favorite part of the program, and she’s already performed more than 25 blood draws, thanks to her family. “My whole family came in and let me get my blood draws,” she said with a smile. “They’ve been very supportive.”

She’s currently completing an externship at Danville Nephrology where she said that she’s learning to adapt to the needs of every patient.  Her final step in her program will be sitting for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam, and she hopes to become certified as a phlebotomist, as well. “Medical is always going to be around and always needed,” Mackenzie said. “I just wanted to set myself up for a successful career.”

Medical assisting student Mackenzie Shearer is completing an externship at Danville Nephrology.

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