Students juggle high school classes and Medical Assisting responsibilities

MASON, MI. (WILX) - In this edition of 'Schools Rule' WILX is highlighting a local program that's preparing students to hold real world jobs right after high school.

The program is no easy task-students in the Medical Assistant program at the Wilson Talent Center help out anywhere they're needed in a doctor's office and study for it all while taking high school classes.

"It's a very rigorous program and so we have very high expectations but they meet those everyday,” said Sarah McGrew, a Health Sciences Specialist with the Medical Assisting Program.

Morgan teaches the Medical Assisting Program at the Wilson Talent Center. She says the skills her students are learning everyday are the exact same ones they'll need in the real world.

"This program is a program for everyone," said Morgan. "Whatever your learning style is, whatever you feel like is your strength."

The program offers three certifications:
1.) Medical Assisting
2.) Phlebotomy (being able to draw blood)
3.) Pharmacy Technician

That means when a student graduates high school, they are qualified to hold a job as Medical Assistant in the real world.

"When we came in, we didn't know what to expect," said Siah McGrew, a Senior in the Medical Assisting Program. "It's helped us in the real world because we have to dress professional, we have to talk professional, our writing, we definitely have to be like if we were in the real world. It's just in a classroom setting."

McGrew is a senior and wants to be a labor and delivery nurse. She plans to hold a job as a Medical Assistant while applying and attending Nursing School at Lansing Community College and then Birmingham in Alabama.

"Everybody's here for the same thing, we all want to be a medical assistant," said McGrew. "But we're all going different paths so we're all getting the same knowledge but what's different is where you're going with that."

McGrew will start an externship, which is much like an internship. That means, not only is she getting real world experience all while completing her High School degree, she'll get to practice drawing blood and administering medicine to actual patients.

"We learn a lot," said McGrew. "From patient identification and HIPAA, the different skills that we need for infection control."

The Talent Center is free for students. McGrew says, not only is she getting a leg up on her education, she's saving a lot of money while doing so.

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