The Medical Assisting program at Somerset Community College, Laurel North Campus, recently graduated 17 students and celebrated the conclusion of their studies with a pinning ceremony and reception. The event was held in the Health Sciences Building on the SCC Laurel North Campus with more than 100 family and friends attending.
Students completed three semesters of Medical Assisting training including laboratory skills, clinical procedures skills, medical administrative skills and insurance billing and coding. Several of the graduates are already working in area out-patient care facilities, said program coordinator Karen Webb.
After taking and passing the American Medical Technologist Registered Medical Assisting National Certification Exam, students earn the credential of Registered Medical Assistant and are pinned with the RMA pin. Students were pinned by their loved ones while the program instructors read their thank you notes to family and friends who assisted them while in college.
Awards were also given during the ceremony. Denise Roark received the Medical Assisting Academic Excellence Award, Chelsea Hammond received the RMA Exam Award for highest score and the Leadership Award was presented to Heather Kirby.
Pictured below from left to right, front to back: Karen C. Webb, Medical Assisting professor and program coordinator, Rachel McFadden, London; Bridget Woods, Corbin; Cassandra Hill, Manchester; Sarah Wallace, Stearns, Debra Elam, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator; Linda Baltimore-Gaines, London; Sonya Miller, Waynesburg; Ashley Adams, Liberty; Jamie Rhodes, Williamsburg, Ashley Hibbard, Heidrick; Brianna Root, East Bernstadt; Tasha Sizemore, Keavy; Sarah Slaven, Strunk, Heather Kirby, Livingston; Tonya Miller, Waynesburg; Denise Roark, London; Chelsea Hammond, Annville. Not pictured is Megan Mills, Corbin.