Medical Assisting Students Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

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On Thursday, December 12, five students were recognized at a Medical Assisting pinning ceremony held at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) - Moultrie. These students completed one semester of prerequisite coursework as well as multiple semesters of rigorous occupational coursework, including a series of clinical rotations at local medical offices.

Felecia Applewhite of Tifton, Brooke Maple or Moultrie, Jonathan Sims of Moultrie, Ana Valdez of Moultrie, and Amanda Willis of Moultrie received pins and small gifts in honor of their accomplishments. The students are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam. This designation represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board of the AAMA. All five students passed their (AAMA CMA ) Exam.

Of these seniors, two were recognized with additional awards. Her fellow students awarded Brooke Maple with the Medical Assisting Role Model Award, and Jonathan Sims earned the Highest MA Program GPA.

Claudia Grooms, Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences, commended and encouraged the graduating students, saying, “I want to thank our graduates for choosing Southern Regional Technical College. We are all honored to share in this celebration of your accomplishment. I know you worked hard and prepared well, and I wish you much continued success in your future.”

The Medical Assisting program at SRTC trains students for administrative and clinical duties, primarily in physicians’ offices or clinics. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, obtaining medical histories, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing instruments, administering medications, and assisting the physician. Administrative skills include answering phones, scheduling appointments, filing medical and insurance reports, arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services.

The College offers both degree and diploma educational tracks. The Medical Assisting diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).For more information about the Medical Assisting program, please contact Sherry Harrison at

SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get students quickly into a desired career, and 28 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties for the convenience of its students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to

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