Concorde – Dallas Receives National Award for Medical Assisting Certification Excellence
Jan 30, 2019
Concorde Career College â Dallasâ Medical Assistant program was recently awarded the distinguished National âLamp of Learningâ award by the National Association of Health Professionals (NAHP) for achieving âsuccess on a level that far exceeds the national average.â âOut of nearly 260 testing sites, Concorde [Dallas] was just one of four schools to receive the award for achieving outstanding success during the 2017 certification testing year,â according to Monica Haney, the NAHPâs Certification Director. The award was based on the exam pass rates to become a Nationally Registered Certified: Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Coding Specialist, or Administrative Health Assistant. Mission accomplished âThis is a huge honor and weâre so proud of our students and medical assisting instructors,â said Erin Henry, Concorde â Dallasâ Campus President, âCertification and placement rates are our moral report card for how weâre performing as a college. Thatâs why students come here â to pursue their desire to be a contributing member of the health care community. This award is such a humbling validation that weâre walking out our mission well.â The NAHP cites the NRCMA as a designation that âdemonstrates to colleagues, patients, employers and the public at large that certified individuals have the administrative and clinical knowledge and proficiency required of the medical assistant professional in physician and health care practice settings.â In a nutshell, âcertification validates the education that a graduate receives,â said Haney. A culture of caring In all the schools sheâs worked with Haney points out that pass rates like the ones that Concorde has achieved donât happen by accident. Our Lamp of Learning recipient schools tend to have review sessions and really seem to care,â said Haney, âIâve been really impressed with how well June [Concorde â Dallasâ MA Program Director] and the instructors work to help ensure students are where they need to be to succeed in the field.â âThere is such a spirit of collaboration and teamwork in the medical assisting department,â said Henry, âFrom emotional support, tutoring, creative teaching methods through Jeopardy-type games our students really seem to enjoy being part of the program.â One of my favorite days is when we do whatâs called a 'clap out' for our senior students heading off to externship,â said Henry. âItâs sort of a rite of passage. Students make posters and thereâs so much cheering and pride as students head out to put their skills into practice at local hospitals and offices in the community. New students are motivated with the thought âthat will be me one day!ââ Thinking about becoming a medical assistant yourself? Thereâs never been a better time! The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the demand for well-qualified medical assistants to grow by nearly 29% through 2026. In as few as eight months, you could be on your way to a fulfilling career in healthcare, enriching lives and promoting wellness in your local community. Pictured from left to right are Rosa Jimenez, MA Instructor, Denise Chenaul, MA Instructor, June Holly, MA Program Director and, Martha Moorehead, MA instructor.