Wallace State to celebrate medical assistants

Hanceville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Sawyer, seated, presented a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Kenneth Nail recognizing Oct. 21-25 as Medical Assistants Recognition Week to Wallace State Medical Assistant students and faculty. Pictured standing from left are, in front, Emma Hyde, Kristian McCroy, Ester Jose, Yadira Benitez, Program Director Tracie Fuqua, B.S., CMA(AAMA), Clinical Coordinator Lorie Strane, B.S., CMA(AAMA), Keslynn Grimmett, Julie Scroggins, Morgan Mikeal, Sisley Noojin; in back, Irene Pesina, Brandy Cashman, Jessie Black, Erin Williams, Shelby Dixon, Kara James, Jessica Wynn, Ashlynn Lawrence, Aleah Brown, Chrissy Lynch, Kaycie Giamanco, and Brooklyn Swann.

The Wallace State Medical Assistant program will celebrate Medical Assistants Recognition Week, Oct. 21-25 as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical assistants across the country will be recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day on Oct. 23.

Students in the Medical Assistant program recently visited Hanceville City Hall, where Mayor Pro Tem Jim Sawyer presented a proclamation from Mayor Kenneth Nail, recognizing Medical Assistants Recognition Week in Hanceville

Wallace State’s Medical Assistant program is one of five CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited medical assisting programs in the state and will accept applications March 1 to June 1 for the Fall 2020 semester. Students may choose a three-semester certificate or a four-semester associate degree completion. The medical assistant program is an integrated program of study. Accepted students can take general education and medical assisting courses at the same time, without prior general education classes. The program is also approved for dual enrollment funding and high school students have been successful in program completion.

With 25 years of service, Program Director Tracie Fuqua was recently recognized by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) as one of the 10 longest-serving directors in the nation of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The American Association of Medical Assistants is the only organization devoted exclusively to serving the professional interests and educational needs of all medical assistants. The association provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.

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