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February 01, 2017 : Medical Assisting Technology is the Right Path for Grizzell

by Ariel Grizzell


Ariel Rene Grizzell wants to work in the medical field where where she can help children. That is one of the reasons she chose to get her associates degree in Medical Assisting Technology at Ohio University Lancaster.


“I hope to work at Nationwide Children's Hospital someday,” said Grizzell, a graduate of Millersport High School.  Ever since I was younger, I would watch shows like Grey’s Anatomy and ER and dream of working in the medical field.”


Medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and play a proactive role in presenting patients’ concerns and questions to physicians. The Medical Assisting Technology (MAT) Program at Ohio University Lancaster prepares competent entry-level medical assistants to perform those administrative and clinical tasks found in ambulatory health care. Graduates of the program are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary in both the scientific and clinical areas and the administrative areas of the medical assisting field. Medical assistants are allied health professionals who work in a variety of health care settings. Employment opportunities are best for medical assistants with recognized training and professional certification in this rapidly growing field. Ohio University Lancaster’s MAT students are well-prepared to seek those job opportunities upon graduation.


Grizzell lives in Lancaster and is majoring in Medical Assisting Technology while also working towards her Certificate as a Medical Office Receptionist. No matter what direction Grizzell decides to go with her medical career, she knows she will be prepared. “The Medical Assisting Program at Ohio University Lancaster lets you experience the field hands-on.” She said. “We get to work in real medical offices and hospitals in the community and apply things that we learned in class into everyday life. We can really make a difference in people's lives and I can’t wait to get started.”