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Graduate Goes From Blank Slate to Successful Ophthalmic Associate



Apr 07, 2015

Tabetha Miller graduated from the Bristol Campus last fall with a medical assisting degree. She was previously a stay-at-home mom until deciding to return to school with what she referred to as a “clean blank slate” – ready to fill her mind with knowledge. While researching schools that would fit what she was looking for, Tabetha found National College, and after one visit, she realized that it was the institution for her. “It’s small, it’s comfortable, and they do want you to succeed,” she explained of why National fit the bill.

She also found that the entire campus staff was supportive, and she particularly appreciated the help from career services in polishing up her résumé. “The teachers and staff worked really hard with me,” said Tabetha, looking back on her experience.  

After earning double associate’s degrees in medical assisting and business administration, Tabetha also successfully passed the exam to earn her registered medical assistant (RMA) certification. As part of the National curriculum, students are given the option to participate in an externship with a community organization to gain hands-on experience in the field. Before completing her externship with Southeastern Retina Associates in Bristol, Tabetha was offered a job there. She continues there today as a certified ophthalmic associate and will be sitting for her ophthalmic technician license later this year.  

Tabetha encourages others with hesitations about returning to school to not give up on their dreams. “They will guide you all the way to the top of the ladder, and I’m standing at the top of the ladder,” she enthusiastically stated. “It doesn’t get any better than this place!” 

Tabetha Miller received a job offer from her externship site before graduating with double associate’s degrees and her RMA certification.

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