The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College prepares students for careers in the medical field in a short term, 18-month program. Successful medical assistants are dependable, have strong communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and are compassionate while providing patient care. WVJC medical assisting students receive hands-on training that includes taking patients’ vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, performing and reading EKGs, assisting with medical examinations, and more!
In addition to the hands-on training students receive in the classroom, students complete a 160-hour externship. During the externship, students have the opportunity to observe and apply the skill sets they have gained in the program, in a real work setting. Clinical Medical Assistant Program Director, Chelsea Abbott states, “Externship is an excellent opportunity for students to network with area professionals and practices the skills they’ve learned in the program.” WVJC Career Management Director, Selena Ramey states, “When students excel during the externship, it can often lead to employment opportunities.”
Chelsea Abbott is the Medical Program Director at WVJC Charleston. She graduated from WVJC Morgantown in August 2016 with a specialized associate degree in medical assisting. Chelsea is also a certified phlebotomy technician and certified medical assistant through the National Healthcareer Association. Before attending WVJC, Chelsea attempted other universities. She said, “I am so glad I chose WVJC for my education because it has helped me accomplish my career goals.”
After graduating from WVJC, Chelsea accepted a job at MedExpress as a medical assistant. She enjoys providing patient care in an urgent care setting. Chelsea is a great example of strong work ethic. In addition to working as a medical assistant, she is the Program Director for the Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Office Administration programs at WVJC. Chelsea said, “I chose to work at WVJC because when I was in school it was like a home to me.”
When we asked Chelsea what she enjoys the most about working at WVJC, she said, “I love the people I work with. Our staff is one of a kind. We help each other and the atmosphere is always positive.” Chelsea is an excellent mentor for students and is a great problem solver. Students are comfortable approaching Chelsea for academic and personal support. Chelsea said, “I am most passionate about watching students learn and bettering their future. I love being a part of their success.”
If you would like to know more about the medical programs or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!