American National University

Graduate Finds a Degree of Difference at ANU

Felicia Taylor tried attending college a couple of different times, but couldn’t find the program that was right for her until she enrolled in the medical assisting program at the American National University Florence Campus. “I was a single mom with three kids. I couldn’t keep bouncing from job to job; I had to have a career,” recalled Felicia. “I decided now or never, and now it was.”  

At ANU, Felicia found that she could quickly complete her training and get started in her medical career. She loved the small class size that she found at ANU and the personal attention that she received from her instructors.

“Ultimately, my goal is to be a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) nurse, but nursing school would have demanded too much for the situation that I was in, so I wanted to go ahead and get started in the medical field. Medical assisting was the route that I decided to take,” she explained. “I did my homework. I checked out a few different schools…and [ANU] is accredited; [ANU] allows for life credit; allows for testing out without there being a cost to the student; and [ANU does] everything in its power to empower students. A lot of other programs don’t do that.”

“I love the fact that this gives me the advantage to go one on one with patients and make a difference in their day and in their lives.”

Those valuable advantages helped Felicia achieve career success. While recently participating in the Florence Campus commencement ceremony, she explained that she found employoment in the last term of her program when she was hired from her externship at UC Health Advanced Heart Failure Clinic. She also is proud to have passed the certification exam to become a registered medical assistant (RMA), a valuable credential sought after by many medical practices.

“I love the fact that this gives me the advantage to go one on one with patients and make a difference in their day and in their lives,” Felicia said of her new degree and new career. “My life is getting bigger and better every day.”

Photo A-Felicia Taylor is working at UC Health Advanced Heart Failure Clinic where she was hired from her externship during her medical assisting program at the ANU Florence Campus.

Photo B-Felicia is pictured accepting the E. M. Coulter Award from director of health science education Kathreen Buckner during the Florence Campus commencement ceremony that was held in June.




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