Members of the 2019 medical assisting class at Wayne Community College were presented their pins in a formal ceremony at the college May 8.
The annual service, which includes a presentation of medical assistant pins and red roses to students by the program faculty, and a recitation of the Medical Assistant’s Creed, denotes the end of the graduates’ academic careers and the beginning of their professional lives.
This year’s graduates are Kayla Capps, Shyann Dussault, Laterri Hall, Ashley Moore and Shaqorie Jones of Goldsboro; Andres Cepeda of Faison; Elaneshia Corbitt and Stephanie Mills of La Grange; Krystal Hamill of Pikeville; Lindsey Simmons of Fremont; and April Wise of Mount Olive.
Simmons was presented the annual Clinical Excellence Award, which recognizes the graduate who earns above-average clinical site evaluations and has the highest number of clinical hours.
The Academic Excellence Award went to Moore. The award recognizes the graduate who achieves the highest standards in the classroom and has the highest overall grade point average.
Capps garnered the Outstanding Student Award for earning an exceptional grade point average, excellent clinical reviews and demonstrating a commitment to her profession, according to a release from WCC.
Instructor Margie Vanduyne, who is an alumnus of the program, advised the graduates to heed the power of their words.
“Always speak words of life,” she said. Noting that they won’t know when the patient was last shown compassion, she said to “Care for them as gently as you would yourselves.”
WCC’s Medical Assisting Program is an 18-month, limited admission program that includes administrative, clinical and lab components. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Endowment. Graduates of WCC’s program are eligible to sit for the AAMA’s examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.