Keiser University alumna Kara Besa is excited to begin a career dedicated to supporting healthy bones and muscles.


The West Palm Beach campus graduate is thankful for the chance to continually develop and improve skills she’s gained as a Medical Assisting program student toward her new role as a Registered Medical Assistant with the Boca Raton Orthopaedic group. “From properly drawing injections, to actively listening to doctors, other medical professionals, and patients while developing thorough and accurate records, I am applying much of what I’ve learned in class toward my current position,” said Besa who credits her program director and spouse for serving as a supportive ‘dream team.’


“My husband Louis was very helpful, ensuring I could got out the door on time in the mornings and encouraged me to study and to hold strong when the program was hard, and Professor Stephanie Welch has been my mentor from the beginning and is nothing short of an extraordinary teacher. There was never a moment I felt like a number or ‘just another student,’ as it was clear she was personally invested in my future, well-being, and education. Some of the stories and lessons she relayed in the classroom I have already experienced in my new role, so thanks to her I know how to handle the situations. She is one of the most invested teachers I have ever met and runs a very rigorous program which has prepared me enormously for a job in the field,” she said.


Welch credits Besa’s steadfast determination and willingness to help new learners.


“From day one, Kara was driven to excel and to strive for excellence. She stepped up as a leader and always rallied her peers to do their best by helping incoming students with study tips and reviewing materials with them. She has a big heart and it is wonderful to see her succeed,” said Welch. “I have no doubt that she will go far in her career and life, as she has compassion, empathy, and most importantly integrity and honesty. I am very proud of her,” she smiled.


Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting Science prepares students to perform various clinical duties including taking patient histories, measuring vital signs, assisting physicians with examinations, giving injections as directed by the physician, venipuncture, performing CLIA waived laboratory tests, and performing electrocardiograms (ECG). In addition, students will learn clerical and administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, and preparing insurance claims.


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