Externship Performance Earns Graduate Full-Time Position


Nora Murillo was cleaning rooms at Massanutten Resort, when a friend spoke of her experience at American National University’s $$Harrisonburg Campus and encouraged Nora to give it a shot. Nora, a mother of four children, had already been toying with the idea of improving her career opportunities. “I wanted to be a role model for my kids,” she said of her ultimate decision to go back to school.—


At first Nora chose to study business management, but her love for helping people and making them happy pulled her toward medical assisting. “When I was taking phlebotomy, and one-on-on drawing practice, I thought to myself, this is where I belong,” Nora stated when reflecting back on her time at ANU.

[img]She now works for Sentara Rockingham Memorial Health Center, where she travels between three locations. She received this position after impressing the staff during her externship with them. “From the beginning, Nora was a great asset to the team, always helpful and cheerful. We knew we wanted to hire her full-time,” her supervisor, Jennifer Sandy, explained.

Nora’s future goals for her medical career include becoming a Spanish translator and working as a delivery nurse. “Being a mother, going back to school and earning my degree was the best thing I have ever done,” she stated. “To those thinking of going back – do it, the sacrifices are worth the rewards.”

A- Medical assisting graduate Nora Murillo went back to school to improve her career opportunities and to be a role model for her four children.

B- According to her supervisor, Jennifer Sandy (right), Nora was offered a full-time position after proving herself during her externship.

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