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Medical Assisting class graduates

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 12, 2013 1:50 AM

Sixteen members of the 2013 Medical Assisting class at Wayne Community College were presented their pins in a formal ceremony Monday evening.

The annual service, which includes presentation of medical assistant pins and red roses to students by the program faculty, and recitation of the Medical Assistant's Creed, denotes the end of the graduates' academic careers and beginning of their professional lives.

This year's graduates include Alicia Barfield, Brooke Bigler, Ashley Burkette, Liliana Castaneda, Michalé Cherry-Newton, Kayla Cushing, Denise Dublin, Alicia Grim, Kenia Harrell, Sherry Jennette, Dymand Leftdwrige, K.C. McCardle, Brenda Ponce, Donna Strickland, Jody Thong and Mandy Warren.

Ms. McCardle was presented the annual clinical excellence award, which recognizes the graduate who achieves the highest standards in the clinical component of the Medical Assisting curriculum as evidenced by evaluations from the individual in a physician's office who trains a student during a clinical practicum.

Ms. Bigler received the academic excellence award, which recognizes the graduate who achieves the highest standards in the classroom and has the highest overall grade point average.

Mrs. Thong was named the most outstanding student. She earned the award with a 3.8 grade point average, excellent clinical reviews, involvement in student activities and commitment to her new profession.

An Air Force wife and mother of two daughters, Mrs. Thong was also named the college recipient of an academic excellence award. The recognition is given to one student at each of the state's 58 community college as exemplary in academics, community involvement and campus participation.

Wayne Community College's Medical Assisting Program is an 18-month, limited admission program that includes administrative, clinical and lab components. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment and graduates are eligible to sit for the AAMA's certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.