Five students in Melissa High School’s Career and Technical Education program have completed the requirements to become certified clinical medical assistants.

Seniors Kylee Brakebill, Megan Carr, Lydia Gachukia, Sam Horn and Christy Wachira are the first students that will graduate from Melissa High with a certification in medical assisting, after completing three years of health science coursework. All five students plan to pursue a career in the health science field.

During their medical assisting practicum, the students conducted hearing and vision screenings, physicals and electrocardiograms. They also completed clinicals at Physical Therapy of Melissa and Questcare Medical Clinic.

In order to receive a certification, the students had to pass the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam; a three-hour test with 180 questions.

Led by Hallie Venner, medical assisting is the level-three course in the Public Service pathway in the Melissa CTE program.

“These students amazed me with their commitment to their studies and their determination to succeed,” Venner said. “This group is a groundbreaking group for Melissa High School. This is the future of the health care profession and it started at Melissa High School with Melissa Cardinals.”

Venner said those five graduates will pave the way for future Cardinals to pursue certification as medical assistants during their high school careers.

“In today’s ever-evolving educational and professional landscape, it is imperative that we, as an educational institution, evolve with it,” Venner said. “By offering high-demand professional certifications, we are providing our students with more opportunities for advancement than ever before.”

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