RNJ News Department

WCCC medical assisting program celebrates 20th year of success

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County)- Warren County Community College’s Medical Assisting Program continued its amazing success story in late July, when 16 graduates were honored at a traditional pinning ceremony.

This was the 40th graduating class of medical assistants at WCCC. Students were awarded with a professional medical assisting pin that designates their graduation from WCCC while special guest and long-time program supporter Sue Sloan presented each of them with a Stethoscope.

The students were honored for completing the rigorous program which prepares them to work clinically and administratively in an outpatient/ambulatory care setting, such as a physician’s office.

Graduates of the A.A.S. Degree Track program are: Gabrielle Acosta, Lauren Brine, Paige Cooper, Macie Mancini, Lygaya O’Brien, Samantha Rodriguez, Stephanie Rossi, Jessica Gercie, and Meghan Tilley. Graduates of the Career Track program are: Lisa Baker, Sara Boehm-Davis, Fran Brunk, Sandi Cerami, Sandra Karim, Lyta McDonald, and Afaf Morchid.

Students who complete this CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the AAMA’s National Certification examination; this a which allows them to carry the distinction of CMA (AAMA). WCCC boasts a 92% passing rate on the CMA examination, with greater than 90% job placement after completion of the program.

“This is an outstanding group of graduates,” said Marianne Van Deursen, WCCC’s Acting Vice President of Academics. “They’ve earned everything through hard work and persistence.”

Van Deursen congratulated the students for choosing the road to Warren County Community College and applauded them for their hard work and commitment to their academic studies. She boasted about the many job opportunities available for graduates and congratulated those who were hired immediately out of externships.

For many of the graduates, the CMA program was challenging and yet also offered some options for those who needed to balance schedules.

“I love working with people and always had an interest in the medical field,” said Sara Boehm-Davis, who grew up in Lebanon Township and now lives in Phillipsburg. The mother of two added, “The CMA program was a great place to start and allowed me to attend evening classes that were also flexible for my family and me.”

“I looked into a number of CMA programs and I found that WCCC offered the best one,” said Sandi Cerami, of Liberty Township. “The staff was very responsive and professional from the start. The instructors were incredible. I learned so much.  The competency based curriculum was an excellent preparation for me to embark on a career as a Certified Medical Assistant. ”

The Medical Assisting program offers a short-term, comprehensive non-credit Career Track option and a 2-year Associate in Applied Science degree option. Interviews for late summer enrollment are currently being scheduled. Interested candidates should call Marianne Van Deursen at 908-835-2430 for additional information.

Additional information about WCCC’s credit and non-credit degrees, visit www.warren.edu.

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