Featured Student Spotlight: Guadalupe Cerna, Medical Assistant Program

Are you interested in a potential healthcare career? Have you considered training for a career as a Medical Assistant? Medical Assistants assist doctors and nurses with direct patient care, and are responsible for important tasks such as taking vital signs, collecting medical information, and preparing patients for exams. 

At Integrity College of Health, we offer a Medical Assistant training program designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and practical experience you need to enter this career path. If you are interested in a potential Medical Assisting career, ICH might be a good choice for you! Check out this Featured Student Spotlight, featuring ICH Medical Assistant student Guadalupe Cerna, to learn more about ICH, our 27-week Medical Assistant diploma program, and why so many students just like you choose ICH for their healthcare career training. Get to know us better, with this edition of our Featured Student Spotlight Series.  


Guadalupe Cerna, Medical Assistant (MA) program

Guadalupe Cerna is a student in ICH’s Medical Assistant (MA) program. Guadalupe is a dedicated and hard-working student, determined to make her goals a reality. With a mission to make Medical Assisting her career, Guadalupe is not going to let anything stand in her way. Her mantra: “I’ll make it to the moon if I have to crawl.”

Guadalupe was chosen for the featured student spotlight by her instructor Teri Weller, ICH’s MA Program Director and lead MA instructor. Weller chose Guadalupe for the Featured Student Spotlight because Guadalupe has demonstrated such dedication to her studies. Weller also appreciates Guadalupe’s willingness to help others, saying, “She is here rain or shine; her grades are high 90’s, always helping her peers.” 

In ICH’s Medical Assistant program, students like Guadalupe learn to perform the essential skills needed for entry-level employment, including phlebotomy, measuring a patient’s vital signs including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration, setting up and assisting the physician with minor office surgeries, gynecological exams, and other diagnostic procedures. Because the medical assistant role often encompasses clerical tasks as well, ICH’s MA program also teaches students to handle administrative duties including front office management, appointment scheduling, verifying patient information and health insurance, updating and filing patients’ medical records and insurance paperwork. 

Students in ICH’s MA program benefit from practicing the skills they learn in a real-world setting. Using a simulated exam room and reception desk, students can check in patients using a common Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system, escort patients to the exam room, and perform diagnostic testing in preparation for the doctor’s examination. To provide students with the real-world training they need, each MA student is placed in an externship, empowering them to demonstrate what they have learned and their potential for employment. Through hands-on, supervised practice, MA students are prepared to transition seamlessly into their future positions. 

After completing their program, ICH graduates enter the job market with confidence, thanks to the support of ICH’s Career Services department. Integrity College of Health is committed to assisting our program graduates in the pursuit of stable, rewarding employment, and the Career Services department provides every student with a wide range of career support services, including resume writing assistance, job searching and networking, interviewing skills, and comprehensive job placement assistance. While the school cannot guarantee employment upon graduation, ICH instructors and Career Services staff consistently seek to assist students with employment opportunities prior to and after graduation. At ICH we are committed to offering both a quality educational experience, and individualized job placement assistance, so graduates can utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained to successfully enter their chosen career fields.

Students like Guadalupe choose ICH for their Medical Assistant training because ICH’s Medical Assistant program is focused, comprehensive, and provides the competitive skills needed for today’s job market. Why should you choose ICH for your career training?  Come to ICH for a supportive community culture that empowers you to pursue your path to purpose. With practical, skill-based training and career placement assistance, you can gain the confidence to successfully transition from school to the workforce. With ICH, you can gain the skills, knowledge, and practical experience you need to enter the healthcare field with confidence. If you are ready to take the next step towards your medical assisting career, Integrity College of Health, in Pasadena, California is here to help you make it happen! Call (626) 808-0215 or click here to get started today!


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