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Graduate Profile: Tierra Bent

posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 in  College News

Tierra Bent was told she’d make a good nurse, but that career didn’t feel like the right fit. With three years as a CNA under her belt, she knew she wanted to stay in the healthcare field. When she heard about the new Medical Assistant program at Hawkeye, she decided to give it a shot.

“I love it,” she said. “I can do the front office, not just clinical work. I can be the first person they see when they come into the clinic and set the mood from there.”

Tierra connected with the coursework, and instructor Holly Berebitsky made her feel like she had someone to champion her success every step of the way.

“Holly wants us to thrive,” Tierra said. “If she sees us struggling, she’ll take us aside and say ‘I don’t want you to fail, I want you to graduate, I want to see you in your externship, I want to see you in your job.’”

Next up after graduation is a 193-hour externship, then she’ll be ready for the Registered Medical Assistant exam.


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