KINGMAN – When Mohave Community College student Brandy Poe took her American Medical Technologists Certification Exam, she never expected what was about to happen.
The national exam is 220 questions, scored on a 99-point system, and test takers must score 70 points to pass.
“I was in disbelief when saw that I had scored 99 out of a possible 99 points,” said Poe, now a registered medical assistant working at Palo Verde Internal Medicine. “I was looking around the empty exam room to see if this was real and just sat there staring at the screen for a minute reading it over and over to be sure I was really reading what it said.”
Many in the field of field of medical assisting describe getting a perfect score on the industry’s certification exam rare and impressive. Poe credits MCC for preparing her for the test, especially the medical assisting program faculty.
“I had instructors, Lori Hogue, Nicole Casado, and Candi Lutz who really put their hearts into teaching us and used their years of experience in the field to bring what we learned in the books to actual practice,” she said.
Poe graduated high school 25 years ago, and when her youngest son left home to go to college, she decided it was time for her to seek a change.
”I talked to my husband about what I wanted to do and what it would mean for me, and for us, and he was all for it,” she said. “I started out going part-time with two online classes and then started going full-time.”
Like most MCC students she was balancing school and work, which can be challenging, but with hard work and late nights studying she accomplished her goal and graduated.
“It was never unmanageable, I was lucky to have supportive friends and family. I would have to miss out on functions with them so that I could get through the homework,” she said, pointing out it takes time and work. “But it doesn’t last forever, and it is so worth it in the end because becoming an RMA has been so rewarding. I absolutely love my job, and being able to take my school experience and knowledge and put it into actual real world practice is very satisfying.”
The demand for medical assistants is high and growing with an estimated 138,900 positions needing filled by 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
MCC can prepare students for employment in both front and back office positions in hospitals, doctor offices and other health care settings.
– Information provided by MCC