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Hands-On Instruction Gives Students Skills and Confidence for Real World



One of the hallmarks of an ANU education is the unique emphasis on hands-on instruction. Allowing students the opportunity to practice what they have heard about in class lectures or read about in textbooks is often the piece of the puzzle that clicks everything into place and brings the lesson into focus for students.

In the medical assisting program, students have a number of opportunities to gain hands-on experience, including clinical rotations, externships, and in-class lab exercises. Medical assisting students in the Invasive Clinical Procedures class at the Lynchburg Campus recently got to experience the benefits of the hands-on curriculum as they practiced their phlebotomy skills by performing blood draws and sticks on each other.

“I didn't feel as nervous as I thought I would to draw blood. We work together as a team and give each other encouragement.”

Student Lisa Fusco appreciates these opportunities. “The smaller class size has been a wonderful advantage at ANU,” she stated. “I didn’t feel as nervous as I thought I would to draw blood. We work together as a team and give each other encouragement.”

Her classmate Crystal Pannell agrees. “It really helps to learn the hands-on techniques of the lab when you can demonstrate on your classmates and have fun learning together,” she shared. “Invasive Clinical Procedures class with these girls and our wonderful instructor, Mrs. [Sue] Coleman, is going to be extremely helpful in the medical assisting field.”

A- Medical assisting student Tameka Glover performs a blood draw on fellow student Lisa Fusco during their Invasive Clinical Procedures class.

B- Student Lisa Fusco draws blood from classmate Crystal Pannell, who feels demonstrating lab skills on each other helps with learning the hands-on techniques. 

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