The fourteen graduates from the first class of Briya’s Medical Assistant (MA) Program were celebrated at the school’s graduation and recognition ceremony on June 23, 2015.
“This is a dream that has definitely come true, and I am grateful for this program and the great people that come along with it,” said Shenell Williams, one of the MA graduates, who spoke at the ceremony.
The MA Program runs for 12-15 months and prepares students for careers as Registered Medical Assistants in medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Medical Assistants perform a variety of duties, including taking blood pressure, updating patient records, giving injections, and scheduling appointments.
Briya’s MA program is offered in conjunction with Briya’s longtime partner, Mary’s Center. Maria Gomez, Mary’s Center president and CEO, spoke at the ceremony about how the program demonstrates the valuable partnership between the school and the center.
Four of the MA graduates, including Williams, have already been offered and accepted MA positions at Mary’s Center, while another has begun working as an MA for MedStar. Additional students have also received job offers.
“Working at Mary’s Center has changed my life,” Williams said. “I love my patients. This is something I have always wanted to do, and now I’m finally doing it. I am helping and making a difference.”