Summer 2012 |
Subject matter expert guiding future medical assistants
Dona Marotta, director of MCC's certified Medical Assisting program, plus instructor
Academic Program: Medical Assisting
Hobbies: Traveling and spending time with her eight grandchildren
Little-known fact: Born in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up in Chicago
In Fall 2011, Alegent Health Clinic transitioned its Medical Assisting program to MCC in an effort to meet the increasing demand for medical assistants in the workforce. Lucky for MCC, that transition included Alegent's medical assisting program coordinator Dona Marotta. Marotta is now director of MCC's certified Medical Assisting program, plus works as an instructor.
Marotta's career began when she graduated from the Omaha College of Health Careers with an Associate in Medical Assisting.
"I chose medical assisting instead
of nursing because of the hours—Monday through Friday, an occasional Saturday, no evenings and no holidays," said Marotta. "Plus, with three children at home, I was unable to devote a large amount of time to getting my degree."
Marotta's career choice provided her with job opportunities at both Alegent Health and the Nebraska Medical Center. While working full time, she went on to earn both a bachelor's and a master's from Bellevue University. Currently, in addition to working at MCC, she works as a part-time medical assistant in family medicine at the Medical Center.
"I enjoy teaching at MCC because of the diverse mix of students. I love to watch the students develop and interact with each other," said Marotta. "The more experienced students guide the less experienced students—this is a dynamic spurred from MCC's diverse learning environment. Eighty percent of students go on to earn advanced degrees. This is a result of MCC's program giving them the confidence they need to move forward in their professional careers."
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to support the work of medical doctors and other health professionals. Common employers include hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities and physicians' offices. Medical assistants may be called upon to help obtain patient history and vital signs, as well as ordering supplies or scheduling appointments.
"We are at a critical shortage in our local, state, regional and national healthcare systems for certified medical assistants," said Stacey Ocander, MCC dean of health and public services. "This program helps fill that gap and, in turn, provides better patient care."
MCC offers a one-year Medical Assisting certificate program with the option to continue toward an Associate in Professional Health Studies. The program provides classroom instruction, laboratory experience and a one-quarter externship to prepare the student for the role of a medical assistant. Students completing this program graduate with a certificate and are eligible to sit for their certification testing with the American Association of Medical Assistants. The degree is transferrable to a four-year university, offering students an educational pathway and career ladder.
For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/healthpublicservices.