American National University

Graduate Celebrates Degree, Award, and Career in Health Care

After earning high honors in the medical assisting program at the Richmond Campus, Jessica Green’s academic excellence was recently recognized when she was presented with the E.M. Coulter Award during the campus’s graduation ceremony. The award is icing on the cake for Jessica who, in addition to earning her degree, has moved from a minimum wage job to a career in health care using the training that she gained at ANU. “I was working in fast food, and now I’m an RMA (registered medical assistant) at Richmond Women’s Health—and I love it,” she said.

Jessica first came to ANU determined to make a better life for her son. “I did a lot of research and [I saw that] ANU had the small classes, one-on-one with the teachers, and after school tutoring. That’s what I loved about it,” she recalled.

“ANU had the small classes, one-on-one with the teachers, and after school tutoring. That’s what I loved about it.”

An externship in a local urgent care, gaining certification as an RMA while in her program, and  job search assistance from career center director Cynthia Hansel, also helped to ensure her career success. Cynthia sent Jessica’s résumé to Richmond Women’s Health when the practice’s clinical manager, Heather Patrick, who is also an ANU graduate, contacted the campus to find qualified candidates for the opening in her office. (You can read more about Heather’s career here:

As an RMA, Jessica helps triage patients, takes their vitals, and assists the doctor during his examinations. Her favorite part of her job is helping to care for expectant mothers, and she loves working alongside her wonderful coworkers on the Richmond Women’s Health team. “All the girls here are really sweet, and they have helped me learn a lot since I graduated,” she stated.

A- Jessica Green received the E. M. Coulter Award during the Richmond Campus graduation ceremony in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements.

B- Jessica provides triage, takes vitals, and assists the doctors during examinations in her work as a registered medical assistant at Richmond Women's Health.


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