The transformative effects of a college education
It is challenging to be a first-time college student, just ask Tara Brumfield. At age 46, she took a leap of faith and enrolled in the medical assisting program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.
“After I realized I could earn my associate degree from Saint Luke’s College, I knew I had to go back,” she said. “Plus, my tuition reimbursement dollars cover half the cost.” Brumfield currently works in scheduling at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute where she heard about the program from a coworker.
It’s been 28 years since Brumfield was in school and she realized early on it would be a difficult transition. “The hardest part for me was time management,” she said. “But two weeks in, I learned to carry my laptop everywhere and study at every opportunity.”
Saint Luke’s College is providing the same care and attention to their associate degree students as their nursing students for more than 115 years.
“I love the attention I get from the faculty and staff,” Brumfield said. “Admissions made things easy and enrolled me over the phone while I was in a drive-thru,” she said, laughing. “And today I get immediate responses to my study questions via text and email from the faculty.”
Much like the entire health care field, Saint Luke’s Health System has immediate openings for medical assistants. “We studied the marketplace and realized the huge need for educationally-prepared medical assistants,” said Dr. Karla Bruntzel, dean of health sciences.
Director of Medical Assisting Program Donna Gardner, CMA, BS, MPA, knows first-hand the transformative effects of a college education. “When I was a single mother, I needed a flexible job so I chose medical assisting,” she said. “Taking those first steps enabled me to provide for my family and ultimately complete my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”
Gardner applies her experiences to ensuring her students flourish. “I love Miss Donna Gardner,” said Brumfield. “She pushes you to succeed.”
Brumfield graduates in April 2019 but plans to continue her education. With her associate degree, she now has options.
Saint Luke’s College offers associate degrees in allied health and medical assisting. To learn more visit saintlukescollege.edu or call the admissions office at 816-936-8710.