WCCC Adult Medical Assistant graduate Sam Huber was on track for a degree and career in engineering when he decided to change course to pursue a career in healthcare. He faced a difficult life development, and returned home to Ohio from his college in Texas in the spring of 2019 after completing two years of an engineering degree.
“I didn't know where to go next in my education,” he said. “The only thing that I was certain of was that I wanted a career that made a positive impact on people's lives. My grandma had spent her entire career in the medical field and I grew up hearing fascinating stories about her experiences, so I decided to follow that route. I quickly discovered how thrilling and genuinely rewarding the medical industry is, and realized that this is what I want to do with my life.”
Huber said he did extensive research on medical careers and learned that medical assisting is a good beginning step into a life-long career because certification can be earned in a relatively short period of time; yet certified medical assistants are qualified to perform hands-on clinical treatments and procedures. And, they also hold the responsibility of carrying out important patient education and communication.
“After doing some research about local medical assisting programs, I found that WCCC had the most promising outcomes, some of the most exciting curriculum, and was a fantastic fit for my scheduling needs as an adult student,” he said. “The classes that I took made me feel genuinely proud of my abilities and confident in my potential to make a difference in the medical field. Going into the program, I never would have pictured myself as someone who could possess the skills and knowledge that I obtained. In my classes, I gained the knowledge that I needed to carry my own weight in a fast-paced medical setting. I also gained the hands-on skills and experience to perform a wide variety of treatments and procedures on patients each day. Realizing that I had the potential to be proficient in so many aspects of the medical world helped me realize that my potential can reach as far as a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and hopefully someday a doctorate.”
Huber completed the WCCC MA course in September, is employed at Internal Medicine in Beavercreek and is now pursuing Physician Assistant school at the Ohio State University. He said his education at WCCC helped him gain the confidence to continue his education into college.
“After acquiring the clinical skills in school, and applying those skills in the field to make a real change in people's lives, I realized that I could take this knowledge to an even further extent,” he said. “Now that I know what I am capable of doing in my career, I've gained the confidence to realize just how much more I can do moving forward. I can't yet say with absolute certainty what my final career goal is. What I do know for a fact is that I plan to carry out my education into becoming a PA. At the practice that I work for, there is roughly a one to one ratio of CMAs to doctors/practitioners. I am the direct medical assistant to just one practitioner. Likewise, he has just one medical assistant (myself) to provide the assistance necessary for the treatment of his patients. Working so closely with him and seeing his process has been a massive inspiration to me. Seeing his process for the treatment of his patients has awakened my drive to obtain the knowledge to make such important calls in the medical field.”
Huber said he has already recommended the Medical Assistant program to people he knows who are interested in going into the medical field. “It is a fantastic program that teaches one vital skills while allowing them to continue working and holding down the other responsibilities in one's life” he said. “The staff at WCCC wholeheartedly want to see their students succeed. No student is ever left behind academically. If you ever feel behind or confused, the teachers and staff will do whatever it takes to make sure you feel fully confident in your abilities.”