Members of the 2019 Medical Assisting class at Wayne Community College were presented their pins in a formal ceremony this week.
The annual service, which includes the 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 are Kayla Capps, Andres Cepeda, Elaneshia Corbitt, Shyann Dussault, Laterri Hall, Krystal Hamill, Shaqorie Jones, Stephanie Mills, Ashley Moore, Lindsey Simmons and April Wise.
Simmons was presented the annual clinical excellence award, which recognizes the graduate who earns above average clinical site evaluations and the highest number of clinical hours.
The academic excellence award went to Moore. The award recognizes the graduate who achieves the highest standards in the classroom and has the highest grade point average.
Capps received the outstanding student award for having an exceptional grade point average, excellent clinical reviews and demonstrating commitment to the profession.
Instructor Margie Vanduyne, also a former graduate of the program, advised the graduates to heed the power of their words.
“Always speak words of life,” she said, pointing out that they won’t know when the patient was last shown compassion. “Care for them as gently as you would yourselves.”
The 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.
Graduates of WCC’s program are eligible to sit for the AAMA’s examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.