Andre Simpson has been named to the $$Knoxville Campus Alumni Hall of Achievement after building a successful career as a certified medical assistant (CMA) with Brown Chiropractic and Optimal Health.
Andre, a 2010 graduate of the campus, first developed an interest in the medical field while working as a nursing assistant in an emergency room trauma center when he was just sixteen years old. He attended the University of Tennessee after graduating from high school, but said that he didn’t complete his program there because there were too many distractions.
[img]A few years later, he found National College while searching for educational programs online. At National, Andre found a more interpersonal experience which he felt was more conducive to learning. With the credits that he transferred from the university, he was able to complete his associate’s degree program in just a year and a half.
Andre began his career in medical assisting working at a pain management clinic, and he also worked for a respiratory therapy practice before finding the job of his dreams at Brown Chiropractic and Optimal Health. “The clinic that I’m at now does a round-about of everything that I’ve done before I was hired on there,” he explained “It’s a great learning experience there, plus a great opportunity.”
His duties as a CMA include assisting with minor surgical procedures, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, giving injections, and working with weight loss management patients. He is also responsible for training new employees as he travels to all four of the practice locations. His favorite part of his job is interacting with his patients and meeting new people every day.
Andre plans to continue his education in hopes of becoming a registered nurse. “It opened up doors to many opportunities,” he said of his education at National.
In the bottom photo, Andre Simpson is pictured accepting the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award from Rhonda Epps, the College’s regional director of health care education.