The Medical Assistant program has helped prepare numerous students to help on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniela and Rhen both graduated from UEI College’s Medical Assistant program (Daniela in 2016, and Rhen in 2018) at the Chula Vista Campus. The skills and training they received from UEI College’s experienced instructors taught them how to adapt and handle changes in the medical industry when the pandemic hit.
“It’s been an honor to be part of the health care system,” Daniela said. “I’m thankful to be able to help with my role in health care since health care never stops. We still have people in need of care and special procedures, even during this pandemic.”
When a number of medical facilities closed during the shutdown, Rhen was able to still help patients get the attention they needed, as well as get them connected with doctors virtually.
“It feels so nice to be able to help patients, especially during this pandemic,” Rhen said. “Since a lot of offices were closed, I helped patients make an appointment for telephone visits. Even though we couldn’t interact with them in person, a lot of them thanked me and told me how grateful they were.”
Daniela is also grateful to UEI College, as the Medical Assistant program literally changed her life. After her family dealt with being homeless, things changed for Daniela once she committed to completing the hands-on training program.
“Shortly before I started at UEI College, my family and I experienced homelessness and it had a big impact on our life,” Daniela said. “With my husband making only minimum wage, life in San Diego had become overwhelming. But thanks to UEI College, things have changed and I’m thankful.”
Things are constantly changing in the medical environment, but being able to adjust to the sweeping changes that came with the COVID-19 outbreak is something that UEI College prepares their students for. Having the courage to go through UEI College’s program has not only paid off with a new career for Rhen, but has become a source of pride to be able to help people during these trying times.
“I’m proud to be one of the so-called ‘heroes,’” Rhen said. “Salute to all healthcare workers, and to all those on the front line!”
Daniela’s learning didn’t stop on graduation day. The tools provided to her by UEI College has not only landed her a new career, but propelled her forward in that career – opening doors she didn’t think she could achieve.
“I have learned so much in this field, and in my education to become a Medical Assistant,” Daniela said. “I have become one of the leads in my facility, and I’ve also had the opportunity to learn and get a certificate as a GI tech. I’m glad I stepped up and got into a vocational school.”
UEI College’s Medical Assistant training program can be completed in as few as 10 months and is set up to provide specific skills and hands-on training you’ll need to be successful in an entry-level role. The instructors at UEI are ready to help you through your academic journey.