Twenty-two Medical Assisting graduates at Gaston College were honored in a pinning ceremony on May 10. A reception was held after the ceremony in the Myers Center Cafeteria. These students received their degrees on May 14 at the Graduation Commencement Ceremony at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte.
The annual ceremony signifies the completion of the requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. Traditionally in health care programs, graduates receive a pin representing their school program that is worn on their uniform upon completion of the program.
“Our pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of the graduates into the medical assisting profession,” says Ms. Betty Jones, Department Chair for Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, and Health Promotions at Gaston College.
“When people ask ‘What is a Medical Assistant?’, I am always happy to tell them that this multi-skilled person is one who is crossed trained for all areas of a physician’s office practice. She or he can run the front office, schedule appointments, code insurance, and can assist the physician with examinations and minor surgery. These professionals also know how to do a variety of laboratory procedures such as blood sugars, throat cultures, cholesterol testing, and many others,” says Ms. Jones.
Candidates who received pins were:
Bessemer City: Jaynie Dameron, Danelle Dixon; Belmont: Morgan Layne Riles, Amanda Leighann Shuler, Lindsay Lindsey; Charlotte: Jessica C. Lin; Cherryville: Kristi B. Buff; Dallas: Lori Griffing, Brittany Carpenter, Caroline E. Clemmer; Gastonia: Fedra Deaton, Alexa Sanford; Grover: Stephanie Clark; Kings Mountain: Amy Hannon Smith; Lincolnton: Fonda L. Teseniar, Amy Patterson, Theresa Ann Danner; Maiden: Pamela Reep; Mt. Holly: Maria E. Huffstetler, Lacie Shea McElveen; Stanley: LaNita D. McGinnis; Vale: Melissa Rose Janiszcak