GU Appleton Medical Assistant Students Use Hands-on Learning to Land Jobs

This past quarter was a busy one for the medical assistant (MA) program at Globe University – Appleton. Program chair, Michelle Vanden Heuvel, was excited to share some of the different projects and successes throughout the quarter.

The students in the CMA review class are putting together memory kits for the MemoryWorks Program through Lutheran Social Services. The memory kits will contain groups of pictures related to a common topic that is meant to spark the memory of an adult client with dementia and assist in initiating a conversation about that topic. The students will then write a reflection about how putting these kits together will help them become more aware of older adults and the results of dementia and other geriatric memory disorders.

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Students Nesha Bucholtz and Brandon Howell show off their wrapping competency skills in Human Disease class.

Another important hands-on learning experience took place recently in the Human Disease class. Students in this class were preparing to be tested on how to properly wrap surgical instruments for sterile procedures. These students learn different draping, sanitation, and sterilization techniques to help them throughout their education at Globe.

These techniques helped one student, Brandon Howell, to secure a job within his first quarter at Globe. He accepted a medical assistant position at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists of Wisconsin almost immediately after starting at Globe.

“Two reasons I was able to land a job so early in my program are due to the hands-on learning and connections that Globe University has in the community,” Brandon said.

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Student Brandon Howell getting advice from instructor Michelle Vanden Heuvel on how to properly wrap surgical instruments.

Other students in the MA program have also secured jobs before graduation. Amber Postel has accepted a position as a CMA at Thedacare, in Pediatrics (TCP Pediatrics Neenah) and Jennifer White has accepted a position as a CMA at ThedaCare Physicians in Internal Medicine. Both are set to graduate in March.

Michelle Vanden Heuvel is pleased with the progress of the students this quarter.

“The students are very enthusiastic to learn and we are using real-world scenarios and activities to help them further their MA skills,” Michelle said.

Director of Career Services, Jenny Schroth, loves when students meet with her early in their education with Globe.

“I enjoy working with students early on in their program to assist them with gaining career-relevant experience. It’s important to show employers that you are a proactive, passionate, goal-driven individual. I’m proud of Brandon for reaching out to me early, following my guidance and securing an MA position as a first quarter student. Truly amazing and makes my own career so rewarding!” Jenny said.

Congratulations to Brandon, Amber and Jennifer. To learn more about the medical assistant program at Globe University, call 877-303-6060.