Tyler Chinchilla, CCMA, is a May 2018 Clinical Medical Assistant graduate. Tyler chose WVJC Bridgeport after attending Fairmont State University for a short period of time. Tyler chose to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant because healthcare has been something that he has always wanted to do. “Learning more about the role of a medical assistant made it set in stone,” he adds.
Although classes were tough for him, he had his friends there for motivation. “It was almost like a competition to keep each other motivated, whether it was studying with flashcards or reviewing for a test. We turned it into a game almost. The teachers were a huge motivation too. There isn’t one teacher that you can’t go to if you’re struggling with an assignment. WVJC is really like a second family.”
Tyler currently works at Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown, WV, where he was hired a little over a year ago. He performs skills such as taking vital signs and phlebotomy, and has a lot of patient interaction. In the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic that he oversees, he gets to set up for minor office surgeries and procedures such as, flexible laryngoscopes and assisting with different biopsies.
After interviewing Tyleras a graduate, he had a few pieces of advice to give the current students.
“You 100% can do this. It’s hard right now but I promise you all can do it. Manage your time to where you aren’t ‘killing yourself’ to try to get things done. Really think back on Ms. Holyfield’s or Mrs. Porter’s Student Success class. It helped me a ton. Don’t doubt yourself, especially in lab class. If I can do it, so can you!”
Tyler Chinchilla is a West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport student who is looking forward to graduating in a few months. He will be graduating with an associate degree in the Clincial Medical Assistant program. Before attending WVJC, Tyler attended North Marion High School. When his senior year rolled around, he started thinking about his future and tried to narrow down what he was passionate about. After meeting with Kristin Kirk, the WVJC High School Admissions Representative, he felt that WVJC was the right path for him. He said, “I wanted something in the medical field, but I didn’t want to spend the next four years taking general education courses, so 18 months in the Medical Assisting field was the right fit for me.”
He chose the Clinical Medical Assistant program because he wanted to help others and give back to people of all ages. He said, “Working in healthcare makes a difference in people’s lives. Caring for people and helping others lead healthy lives is satisfying and important to me.” The education that Tyler is receiving from WVJC makes all the difference with his lifelong goal. When discussing WVJC’s atmosphere, he said, “The fact that everyone here is like a big family, that makes learning fun.”
Mr. Cutright is Tyler’s favorite WVJC instructor. His way of teaching is something he had never encountered before. “He is a very informal, but professional in his teaching methods. By the time you leave his classes, you’re filled with knowledge.” Now that Tyler has almost completed the Medical Assisting program, he is confident that his ideal job is in family medicine, so that he can work with everyone from adults to children. In five years, Tyler hopes to see himself working in family medicine and going back to school for nursing. His lifelong goal is to be a nurse practitioner and continue to give to others the care they deserve in the medical field.
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