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Graduate Finds Her Path to Career Success at ANU

As a mother of three, Ashten Dawalt didn’t have to look far to find the inspiration that she needed to complete her medical assisting program at the Florence Campus—she did it for her kids. And although it wasn’t easy keeping up with her studies through two pregnancies and several family health scares, she kept her eye on the prize, and today she is reaping the reward working as a registered medical assistant (RMA) at Bluegrass Urgent Care.

“I came in with a friend to [take the tour], and I decided at the last minute that I was going to go back to school,” Ashten recalled of her first visit to ANU. “I had looked into bigger schools, but [with] my anxiety about a huge school--I couldn’t [enroll].”

“Growing up I didn't think that I'd be a college graduate; National definitely changed everything.”

At ANU, Ashten most enjoyed her clinical classes where she learned how to draw blood and give injections while working one-on-one with her instructors. “All of the instructors are awesome. They’re very encouraging,” she stated. 

After mastering her skills in the classroom, she worked in an externship at Bluegrass Urgent Care, where she was able to gain in-field experience and prove her skills to the office team. “I was giving injections six hours in on my first day, so it was really cool to be [using my skills] on real patients,” she said. 

Shortly after she completed the externship, the practice called Ashten back in for an interview, and she was hired to work as an RMA rotating among its three locations in Newport, Crescent Springs, and Walton.

“Growing up I didn’t think that I’d be a college graduate,” Ashten shared. “National definitely changed everything.”

A- Ashten Dawalt was hired by Bluegrass Urgent Care after working in the practice as an extern.

B- The support of her family and the staff at ANU enabled Ashten to complete her medical assisting program at the Florence Campus and find a new career as a registered medical assistant.


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