Graduate - June 2014
Resides in New York
How was your experience at the Allen School of Health Sciences?
Absolutely amazing! I like how they work with you and stick with you to ensure you have the support not to fall behind. It’s great hands on training; my favorite classes were phlebotomy and EKG.
What about any barriers/challenges you faced in your program? How did you overcome them?
The challenges were with my responsibilities at home. My advice to someone in the same situation is that you have to make sure you are situated before taking that step because no matter what is going on at home you made a promise to be here. When you come here you have to understand it is a commitment like a job; if a job schedules you for 8-2 you have to be there at that time.
Why would a program like this be helpful to someone who wants to become a Medical Assistant?
It can show you how to you can be more – not only how to me a Medical Assistant but how to interview, do a resume, and talk to people, not just take vitals. I can have a conversation with people that I would not have been able to before.
What advice would you give new students?
1. Always Be open-minded. You can run into anything everyday – it’s the medical field. 2. Always be prepared. 3. Don’t take anything personal – let things go. 4. Listen more than you speak. Your instructors are here to guide you. 5. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind always.”
What has been the best part of your education so far?
Coming out with an amazing skill that I can use in life and in the professional field. I know I have become a more well-rounded learner.
Why did you choose the ASHS?
I heard a lot of good things from a friend of mine who was a student here before. I felt that it was a great program because it offered a lot of guidance and structure. I was doing nothing at home. This is something I had to do to prove to everyone that I am doing something positive with my life.
What influenced you to go into a career as a Medical Assistant?
My grandfather was sick in the hospital and was a great influence. I saw a lot of things I didn’t like when he was in the hospital and I wanted to make a difference.
What would you tell others who are considering a career as a MA?
Go for it! This is a great stepping stone into the medical field even if you don’t pursue the clinical part you have the skills to the administrative work too.
Where do you see yourself working after internship?
Hospital – I really want to do phlebotomy or EKG