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MEET JAKESHA.

Jakesha Medical Assisting

JAKESHA, WHAT INSPIRED YOUR INTEREST IN THE MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM?
I always wanted to be a nurse. Throughout elementary school, I would always dress up as a doctor or a nurse during career day. Helping people as well is one other interest I also have in this field.

WHAT ARE YOU ENJOYING MOST ABOUT YOUR TRAINING AT SJR STATE?
I get to meet new people. I get to be another step closer to my goal as a nurse and helping people. I also enjoy learning new things.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THIS PROGRAM?
"I have become a better woman. This program has shown me how easily I used to give up on myself."

This program has taught me to not give up so easily and finish what I start. I even learned that I have a bigger support system than I previously thought. This program has also taught me a lot about life itself.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE SO FAR?
The biggest challenge so far is trying to stay focused on getting my work done and keeping my grades as a passing grade due to my responsibilities as a mom and employee. After work, I go home to cook, clean, help my girls do homework, get them situated with a bath, eat and get them in bed. When everything is done and it’s late, it’s a challenge to study and finish my schoolwork.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE CONSIDERING THIS PROGRAM?
This program is very enjoyable. You learn a lot from the instructors and by paying attention. Somedays you may feel like you can’t do it and you fall short, but it gets better, day by day. I thank God every day for bringing me closer and closer to my goal in becoming a nurse. I’ve had my struggles with diabetes and have missed days, but I overcame that by picking my head up and saying “I will not let this beat me out of my career.”
"So, make sure you believe in yourself and push yourself for greatness and you will make it through this program."

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE FUTURE?
Working as a medical assistant in a pediatrician’s office or in a hospital working and taking care of everyone, but still in school getting my nursing license within 3 years.

INTERESTED IN MEDICAL ASSISTING?

Earn your career certificate in only one year.
The application is available May 1 – June 15
Classes begin in August on the Orange Park campus.

Medical Assisting is the best of both worlds! Gain the skills to perform administrative AND clinical duties in a variety of medical settings. Duties include but are not limited to phlebotomy (drawing blood), electrocardiograph aide, taking vital signs, medical billing and records.

Medical assistants are employed in acute care hospitals, outpatient, ambulatory care facilities, medical offices and clinics. This certificate provides a pathway for students to continue in the Nursing and Allied health program tracks.

For more information, visit the webpage at: at http://www.sjrstate.edu/medical_assisting.html