Community college to begin testing for Certified Medical Assistance program

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

March 6, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - The Medical Assistant program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been accepted as a member of the National Association for Health Professionals.

This association will provide an exciting opportunity for individuals who wish to enter, continue or advance in their profession through the certification process and the issuance of credentials to those individuals who meet the required level of competency.

The Boone campus is now a testing site for the nationwide certification exam. Students from the program at Southern, as well as from other institutions, may take their exams at this site.

According to instructor/coordinator for the Medical Assistant Program, Lora Foster, the Medical Assistant program at Southern offers a broad education that prepares students to perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties.

Foster, a certified medical assistant for more than 30 years, worked tirelessly for two years to complete the accreditation process. Her motivation was the desire to give her students another step to success.

“This gives our students pride in the education and training they received here,” Foster said. “Students leave here with the certification proving they are the best of the best.”

The new testing site will allow students to test in EKG, pharmacy tech, insurance billing and coding, phlebotomy and administrative health assistant. The results of the exam are accepted nationwide.

“This affiliation will help the program to thrive,” said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “It will benefit the students we train and the patients they will care for throughout their professional lives.”