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Students gain national certification

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Ashley Riddle, Alexandria Patterson and Nicole Bullers, 2018 medical assisting graduates from Tri-County Community College, pose at the main campus.

Three alumnae from Tri-County Community College’s medical assisting program recently passed their certification testing, paving the way for them to be nationally-certified medical assistants.

Nicole Bullers of Murphy, Alexandria Patterson of Robbinsville, and Ashley Riddle of Andrews, all of whom earned their associate in applied science degree in May, sat for the testing through the National Center for Competency Testing during the summer.

“Gaining a nationally-recognized credential can open many doors in terms of employment,” said Greta Farmer, medical assisting instructor at Tri-County Community College. “Upon completing a degree with us, our goal is for all of our students to sit the test and receive their certification.”

During their pinning ceremony in May, the three students expressed their desire to gain the credential and are now currently employed within the local community as medical assistants.

“I am extremely proud that these students are out serving our community,” Farmer said. “At the end of the day, that’s really what Tri-County Community College is really all about.”

For more information about the medical assisting program at Tri-County Community College, visit or call 837-6810.