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Major Success for the Medical Assistant Academy Inaugural Class

Dr. Michael Dryer, Dean, College of Health Professions

On March 9, 2019, Jefferson’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions hosted the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the Certified Medical Assistant Academy (CMAA). Family and friends gathered in Jefferson’s Alumni Hall to celebrate the first cohort of the program. The Academy opened its doors in April of 2018, ready to offer students a career in healthcare.

Opening remarks were delivered by guest speaker, Dr. Michael Dryer, Dean of Jefferson’s College of Health Professions followed by a heartfelt message from Program Director, Teodoro Rios. Certified Medical Assistant graduate, Alexis Tiernan was presented the Academic Excellence award for achieving the highest GPA in her class. Alexis and her seven classmates have all passed their Certificate Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, provided by the National Healthcare Association (NHA). Prior to the graduation ceremony, all students are employed as a medical assistant. With the medical assistant job demand increasing each year, it is important that our students become well-rounded Certified Medical Assistant’s. Their duties consist of measuring and recording patient’s vital signs, tracking medical forms, assisting physicians with patient examination and more. To learn more and apply to our CMA Academy, please visit

Left to right: Carlton Chase, Tyesha Flyod, Rahkeeta Rogers, Tangela Kennedy, Teodoro Rios (Program Director), Emma Durkin, Alexis Tiernan, Sareeta Hoffman.