BTC graduates

Pictured are, from left, Nancy Brannon, education coordinator; Kasey Greer of Bolivar; Michelle Jackson of Wheatland; Kelly Johnston of Wheatland; Ashley Conrad of Buffalo and Tami Hutchinson, MA program coordinator.

Bolivar Technical College graduated four medical assistants during the Class of 2019 spring commencement Saturday, May 4.

Graduates included Kasey Greer of Bolivar, Michelle Jackson of Wheatland, Kelly Johnston of Wheatland and Ashley Conrad of Buffalo, according to a BTC news release.

The graduates completed the eight-month medical assistant program, which consists of a range of classes, from Anatomy and Physiology and Phlebotomy to Office Administration and Billing and Coding, the release said. The students also completed 180 hours of hands-on training in a local clinic as part of their externship before receiving their certificates.

The four graduates also completed their national certification exam to become Registered Medical Assistants.

The release said 100% of the students passed the exam and can now begin working as Registered Medical Assistants.  

Most MAs work in a clinic, which means they get a wide variety of work and they can work during normal business hours, the release added. MAs can work in the front office of a facility, setting up appointments, working with finance and insurance and getting medical history from patients. MAs can also work with patients in the back office of clinics, rooming patients, giving injections, taking vital signs, working in the phlebotomy lab and assisting with procedures.

The next MA and professional nursing — RN — programs at BTC begin in August 2019, while the next Certified Nurse Assistant course begins in June. The next practical nursing — LPN — program begins in January 2020, and the next LPN to RN bridge program begins in May 2020.

For more information about BTC’s upcoming programs, visit bolivarcollege.edu.

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