Wallace State celebrating Medical Assistants Recognition Week

Oct 14, 2022Gail Crutchfield
Medical Assistant Recognition Week

Wallace State Community College will celebrate Medical Assistants Recognition Week, Oct. 17-21, 2022. Pictured are faculty, staff and students in the Medical Assisting program. Pictured from left, in front: Lisa German, Vice President for Learning/Dean of Health Science; Eria Minor of Jefferson County; Kashlyn Whisenhunt of Cullman County; Ashley Davis of Jefferson County; Ali Daniel, Katelynn Kendrick, both of Walker County; Alyssa Acklin of Cullman County; Tracie Fuqua, Director of Medical Assisting program; in back: Mindie Sandlin, Medical Assisting Secretary; Omar Uriostegui of Blount County; Alexis Young of Cullman County; Jaquira Alexander of Jefferson County; Brooklyn Hankey of Cullman County; Abby Phillips of Winston County; Lucas Dunlap, Randi Gonzalez, both of Cullman County; Lorie Strane, Clinical Coordinator. Not pictured is Perla Sanchez and Evelyn Alvarado of Blount County, Breanna Murphy of Jackson County, Lucy Coste of Jefferson County.

Medical Assistant Week logoHanceville, AL — Wallace State Community Colleges is gearing up to celebrate Medical Assistants Recognition Week, Oct. 17-21, 2022, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants® (AAMA). Medical assistants across the country will be recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day, on Oct. 19.

In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, the City of Hanceville has passed a resolution recognizing the week of October 17 as Medical Assistant Recognition Week.

“Medical assistants are vital to almost every health care practice,” said Tracie Fuqua, director of Wallace State’s Medical Assistant program. “They are trained to take on many tasks inside a medical office, from clerical to clinical and are often one of the first people who interact with patients.”

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wallace State’s Medical Assisting program has been training medical assistants since 1994 and is one of the few health science programs at WSCC that does not require prerequisites before applying to the program. The program accepts new students each fall, with applications accepted from March 1 to June 1 each year.

The AAMA is the only organization devoted exclusively to serving the professional interests and educational needs of all medical assistants. The association provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.

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