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Student Returns to National Determined to Earn Degree



Mar 10, 2015

Kathy Wooten first enrolled in the medical assisting program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus in 1999 after being laid off from the factory where she worked. She was temporarily sidetracked from getting her degree, but she returned to American National University in 2013, determined to find the career in the medical field that she’d always wanted. “I want to help people and this is a way that I figured that I could do that,” she explained. 

Kathy has enjoyed the small class size at National, where she gets plenty of personal attention from her instructors. “The instructors care about you and make sure that you learn the material,” she stated. “I have straight A’s now.”

She also benefited from being placed as a work study student at the Kentucky Career Center, where she gained experience interacting with the public and performing administrative work. Now in the last term of her program, she’s also practicing using her skills during her externship at Liberty Medical Clinic, where she checks in patients, takes vitals, gives injections, and works in the lab.  “I’m learning a variety of things here from seeing newborns to elderly patients,” said Kathy. “When the doctor asks for labs or gives shots, she goes in detail to teach me why she wants certain things for the patients. I'm hoping when I'm done with the externship this experience will help me find the job I'm best qualified for.” 

Medical assisting student Kathy Wooten is gaining experience in the medical field working in an externship at Liberty Medical Clinic.

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