Healthcare Careers Testimonials

What our students are saying....

Dale - Registered Nurse, Class of 2008

Dale testimonial"When I first started at Everett Community College, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I chose nursing because it’s a good career, and I won’t have to struggle my whole life to find a job and pay the bills. It was an actual career, not a job. Plus, I knew it would be pretty easy to find work. There’s a major shortage of nurses, and the need for all medical professionals (medical assisting, phlebotomy, and more) is expected to keep increasing. I could tell my instructors at EvCC really wanted us to succeed –and everyone in my class helped and encouraged each other. Before I graduated, nursing department instructor Karen Brasfield got me an interview for an ICU nursing job at Providence Everett Medical Center. Providence is just down the street from the college and is a strong supporter of EvCC’s nursing program. I got the job. Every day is different, and I’m constantly learning. One minute I’ll be giving a report to a doctor and then I’ll be in another room giving CPR and then I’m working with the families of my patients. I’ll never forget when one family told me, “Thank you so much for treating our mom like your mom. I encourage you to check out the health care field. Hope you love it as much as I do." - Dale

Candace - Medical Assistant, Class of 2008

Candace testimonial"You’re always young enough to pursue your dreams. Take it from me. Since I was a 16-year-old candy striper (volunteer) at a hospital in Idaho, I have wanted to work in the medical field. But when I graduated from high school, I couldn’t afford to attend the only college in the area with medical training. So, when I retired from Verizon after 29 years, I decided to pursue my dream. ­­­I chose EvCC over other shorter medical assisting programs because I believed a college education would provide me with a broader, more thorough knowledge of the skills required and that employers would prefer a certificate and degree from an accredited college. My choice paid off. I earned a certificate in medical assisting plus an associate degree in technical arts at EvCC. Now I’m working in the Everett Clinic Dermatology Department. My education provided me with the administrative, clinical and personal skill sets required for a successful career as a medical assistant. My advice for anyone considering medical assisting is: “Never stop learning.” - Candace

Michelle - Medical Assistant with a Health Care Risk Management Certificate, Class of 2008

MA Michelle"I decided to become a medical assistant to have the opportunity for quality one-on-one contact with patients
and their families within a clinic setting. When I researched the medical assisting field, I learned that it would be most beneficial for me to receive training from a two-year program like EvCC’s instead of a shorter, more expensive program that doesn’t offer associates degrees. My education also prepared me for national certification through the AAMA — American Association of Medical Assistants. My biggest challenge while attending college was balancing study time and family time. The best part? I have an amazing husband and two children who cheered me on through the entire process.  Because of EvCC, I was prepared for all aspects of medical assisting beyond the technical side of obtaining vitals and administering medicine. I also gained an understanding of legal and ethical issues, cultural differences and communication skills, plus front office administration and billing skills, disease management and risk management knowledge." - Michelle

Alicia - Registered Nurse, Class of 2008

Nursing Testimonial AliciaThe nursing program at EvCC is the only nursing program I applied to. I really wanted to go there. The program has a great reputation and was close to home and convenient to attend. I’m glad I went there. My instructors were incredible and prepared me very well for my job. I was hired as a nurse at Valley General Hospital in Monroe before I even graduated. I love being able to support, comfort and care for people at difficult times in their lives. Now I am pursuing my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Washington."  - Alicia

Autumn - Nursing Assistant Certified, Class of 2009

Autumn testimonial"I chose Everett Community College because the Registered Nursing program is one of the best in the state.
I didn’t know I’d also enjoy small classes and one-on-one attention from teachers. Questions get answered. Teachers know me. I’m starting with the Nursing Assistant Certified program, which will allow me to start working in the healthcare field while pursuing my RN degree. Then, I’ll fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse." - Autumn 

Mary Anne - Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy Technician, Class of 2009

MA Mary Anne"After being laid off as a mortgage underwriter twice in one year, I knew it was time for me to return to school so I could work in the health care industry. It was what I had planned on when I graduated from high school, and now I was back where I wanted to be. When I heard about the high quality of the health care programs at EvCC, I investigated the different programs the college offers. I eventually chose medical assisting, and later decided to complete the phlebotomy program, too. Phlebotomy, or drawing blood, is an essential skill for medical assistants, so I wanted to gain that extra training and experience. The biggest challenge while I was working toward my certificate was to keep my focus on studying and classes. I have treated school like I would a job. I know the only way to succeed is to keep the goal of graduation in my mind and to keep myself focused on my objective. I graduated in June 2009 with a certificate in medical assisting. My education at EvCC was excellent. The instructors and staff always provided attentive guidance and assistance when I asked for help. I am truly thankful I chose to attend EvCC for retraining in the health care profession. I look forward to working in a clinical setting assisting physicians and patients. My advice to students who enter this program is: “Study hard, stay flexible, keep your mind open and don’t lose sight of your goal!” - Mary Anne

Bertha - Medical Spanish Interpreter Certificate, Class of 2008; Phlebotomy, Class of 2009

MSI Bertha"I became a Medical Spanish Interpreter so I could engage my culture, give back to my community and enhance my own skills. Everett Community College’s program helped me achieve my goals quickly. I became a Medical Spanish Interpreter so I could engage my culture, give back to my community and enhance my own skills. Everett Community College’s program helped me achieve my goals quickly." - Bertha