Purdue University Global and SIMTICS: blazing a trail in blended learning for Medical Assisting

When Kaplan University’s Chair of the Medical Assisting Program, Dr Tricia Berry, was first asked to teach medical assisting online in 2006, she thought, that’s crazy!

More than ten years down the track, and now part of Purdue University Global, Trish and her team have proven that their own special form of blended learning produces successful medical assisting professionals. How do they do it? By taking advantage of technological developments that deliver realistic simulations for students to learn their skills and then placing students directly into clinics to practice.

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How to engage medical assisting students with skills simulations

Medical Assistant Director and Instructor, Nicole Carter, is always looking for new ways to engage her students.  One of the founders of the non-profit training institution, Latin American Youth Center Career Academy (LAYCCA) in Washington DC, Nicole says her work is hard but fun and the wins make it all worthwhile. But before you can have wins with students, you have to have engagement.

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