5 Medical Assistant Students Prep for Externships, CMA Exam—and Jobs

I sat down with medical assisting degree students in the CMA Review Seminar during their final class of the quarter to ask them a few questions.  It’s a fun class as they fill out all their paperwork for the externship next quarter.  They were beaming with excitement as they can truly see the light at the end of the tunnel – next step externship, then graduation, then Certified Medical Assistant Exam, and finally a job!  Here’s their story:

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These five medical assistant students are beginning their externships at various medical clinics in the area.

Theresa Dyer, who will be externing at Avera Psychiatry, spent 20 years in the Army National Guard before putting her educational benefits to use here at Globe University-Sioux Falls. Until she started at Globe, she worked in the medical community at various dental clinics as a dental assistant and an optical clinic.

When she went looking for other educational opportunities, Globe was the most receptive and informative school.  She really liked the flexibility of working full time and attending school. Her hope for the future is a job with room for advancement and normal hours.  Theresa would like to thank everyone at Globe, her boyfriend, and the staff at her current job for their support.

Cathy Lentini will be externing at Avera Medical Group McGreevy–Southeastern. Cathy has three children and four grandchildren.  She loves sports and spending time with her family.  She landed at Globe University after a family member suggested she check it out.  She really likes Globe, because “everyone makes you feel like you’re family,” she says.

Following her externship and graduation she plans on finding a job that she is going to love.  Cathy would like to say “thank you” to her daughter-in-law for helping her get through school and being there for her.  She would also like to thank Amy Zobel, Jo Penning and Melissa Knudson at Globe University for never giving up on her.

Hooria Aman, originally from Afghanistan, will be externing at Avera Work Force.  She graduated from high school in 2010 and started out at another institution, but a friend told her about how, at Globe University, you wear scrubs right after you start and that’s what convinced her to come here.  She really likes how everyone knows you by name.  Everyone has helped out a great deal throughout her program, but the one person who she really wanted to thank is her mom for being there for her.  She also wanted to thank Jo and Amy for everything.

Tracy Peterson grew up in Monticello, Minn., and lives in Plymouth, Minn. with her daughter.  She was working at a daycare as a toddler teacher when she realized she wanted more.  She started out at a different school in our network before she transferred to Globe University-Sioux Falls when moving to the area after a certain special someone.  “I chose Globe because it was close to my home, the people were very friendly and I liked how the learning was hands-on,” Tracy said.

Tracy wants to work in a family practice clinic or in pediatric care. She would really like to thank her family, friends and instructors for all their support through her struggles along the way.  Without them I would have never made it thru.

Cassie Esparza works at Macy’s while she attends school full time.  She chose Globe University because she heard good things about our school while attending another institution.  She has never regretted the transfer to Globe.  She likes how “the teachers are really here for you.  They actually care about you as a person and your success,” she said. “They take the first step with you and the final step with you.”

After she graduates, Cassie would like to work for a little while and then go back to school to become an anesthesiologist assistant.  She would like to thank everyone who believed in her and kept pushing her forward.

We want to wish the best of luck to all of you on your externships. Remember, walk onto your externship like it’s your first day at a new job because you never know what doors will be open throughout this experience!

By Amy Zobel, Medical Assistant Program Chair, Globe University-Sioux Falls