Choosing to continue your education after high school is a big decision that impacts not only your life but those closest to you. WVJC-Online Medical Assisting student Racheal Huggins made that very choice when she decided to attend WVJC-online for her Associate degree. Racheal is what is generally called, a non-traditional student; meaning that she waited a few years after high school before attending college. Making the decision to wait on attending college is both a blessing and a struggle to many online students.
When Racheal started inquiring about applying to WVJC-Online for Medical Assisting, she already had family obligations that were her number one priority, a husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Finding a college that gave her the flexibility to continue in her role as wife and mom, was a concern that weighed heavy on her mind. During her attendance at WVJC-Online, she had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with instructors, hands-on clinicals close to home, and the support of all staff members at WVJC-online. Needless to say, Racheal found her balance between college and family life that ultimately put her on the path to graduate from WVJC-Online with her Associate degree in Medical Assisting. She is continuing to make WVJC-Online and her family proud with dedication and persistence.
Racheal started as a young mother and wife with aspirations to better herself and set an example for her daughter. She started the process by taking that first step and asking questions about online college and how it can fit into her schedule. If you have always wanted a career in the medical field, and are not sure where to start, take Racheal’s advice and take that first step with us at WVJC-Online today!
At West Virginia Junior College our online Medical Assisting program is unique when compared to medical assisting programs offered at other online schools. This is because we incorporate a hands-on approach unlike the simulations that other institutions provide. We offer hands on, real life situations and techniques so our students know exactly what they will be dealing with when they go out into the professional world.
During the eighteen months our students attend West Virginia Junior College they will have eight hands on clinical courses at the ground campus most convenient to where they are located. These clinical courses are offered to teach students real life medical skills that they will encounter on a daily basis working in the medical field. Some examples of skills that are taught are blood draws, vitals and running labs. “We feel this is the only way to develop an effective, safe, and successful medical assisting professional,” said Online Campus Director Chad Callen.
In addition to learning the skills they will need daily, our students are able to build amazing relationships with one another and their lab instructors. Online Medical Coordinator, Rayan Matthews, who gets to know all of our students one on one said, “being able to develop with my students and teach them skills I know they will use as professional is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have ever done.”
At West Virginia Junior College we are a family, and who wouldn’t want the best for their family? This is why we offer students in-depth courses that are convenient for them. We want to see our students succeed in the professional workplace once they graduate from West Virginia Junior College!