Alumni Spotlight: New Medical Assistant Grad Turned Externship into Full-Time Job

Best case scenario after graduation: you find a job in the field you worked so hard to become a part of. One of Globe University-Appleton’s most recent medical assistant degree program grads is doing just that. Amanda Vanden Berg, who graduated a few weeks ago in December 2013, shared her story with me about life before earning her degree, why she chose Globe University-Appleton, and how life’s been treating her after turning her externship into a full-time job.

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Medical assistant program grad, Amanda Vanden Berg, on her graduation day.

Returning to school

Upon graduating high school, I attended UW-Oshkosh and obtained a Bachelor’s in Biology. I felt that was not really the path I wanted to continue down, and I have always had an interest in health care. Shortly after graduating from Oshkosh, I went to school for my CNA. I worked as a CNA for a year and wanted to further my education in healthcare, and I pursued a medical assistant degree.

Why did you choose Globe University-Appleton?

When I first did my tour (of the school), I knew very little about Globe University, but I quickly learned. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. I appreciated the hands-on learning and overall atmosphere. The process of applying was a breeze. There was no wait list (which was a big seller), and the class sizes were small.

I realized there were several jobs out there in my chosen field as a medical assistant. (According to the United States Department of Labor, the medical assistant field is expected to grow 31 percent through 2022.)

The education I received at Globe University prepared me to feel confident in knowing the career path I chose was the best for me.

What advice do you have for others considering a medical assistant degree?

If it is something you are not 100% sure about, I would suggest shadowing or using the resources at Globe to help make that decision. Otherwise, if you are confident in your decision of pursuing a medical assistant career, I would say give it all you’ve got! You only get out of it what you put into it and ask for help when you need it.


Amanda is currently a full-time medical assistant at Primary Care Associates of Appleton, the same place she completed her externship while she was a student at Globe. Besides her role at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and calls herself a “big movie buff”. During the warmer months, she likes to be at her cottage on the lake!

Way to go, Amanda!