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Barb Neblett – Director of Health Science Education – Difference Maker

Sep 22, 2015

Barb Neblett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education- public health and science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. Barb has been a National College instructor for two years and is currently serving as the Director of Health Science Education, overseeing all medical programs at National College’s Knoxville Campus. Barb began her career as an Administrative Clinical Assistant performing front office procedures, but after being exposed to the clinical duties, she became much more interested in learning the medical aspect and earning her certifications.

“Ms. Neblett is a woman who cares more about making a difference in me than making a difference for me!”


“I thought [being an instructor at National] would be a great opportunity because I could combine my passion for health care with my desire for teaching. The students here have an amazing amount of perseverance and I am very rewarded by watching them transition from timid students to confident medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, and medical billers and coders.”

“I have really developed a family here at National with each new class and have become very close to the staff. We all work very hard together to help all of our students achieve success.”

Medical assisting and billing and coding graduate Tamika Gary said: “Ms. Neblett is a woman who cares more about making a difference in me than making a difference for me! I love her so much! She changed my life.”

Medical assisting graduate Brenda Vargason added: “I graduated in 2013 and I am hearing impaired. Ms. Neblett told me many times, ‘You are talented and you’re going to make it happen.’ Even though I am no longer in school, I still like to drop in and see her because she is so encouraging.”

Upcoming medical assisting graduate Alisha Kumher commented: “I am looking forward to the [Registered Medical Assistant exam] success class next term. Ms. Neblett has had 100% passing rate on the RMA certification exam in the last year, so I’m sure to pass.”

Director of Health Science Education Barb Neblett (left) is an inspiration to students such as medical assisting student Alisha Kumher (right).

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