Medical Assistant Spotlight

Medical assistants are inspirations!

Every day they touch people’s lives with their extraordinary skills and caring ways. Each issue of CMA Today shines the spotlight on a medical assistant with a unique story.

Here are the latest stories of medical assistants in Spotlight.


Sep/Oct 2020
On the move

Medical assistant’s journey takes her to new roles  

SO20-sl“I would love to use my degree to work at my current employer in a clinical educa­tion role or as a manager. And I’d like to use all my experience and education to eventually give public talks and bring awareness to the importance of being a Certified Medical Assistant® (AAMA).”

Name: Nicole Stice, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assistant at HSHS Medical Group in Springfield, IL

In the spotlight: From working at a weight loss and wellness clinic to creating educational opportunities for medical assistants, Stice has gained diverse experience by taking on many different roles throughout her career. In her current position, she balances clinical, administrative, and mentoring duties, all while playing an active role in her local AAMA chapter and working toward a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.


Jul/Aug 20​20
Watch and learn
Educator scores CMA (AAMA)® credit opportunity

JA20-slAt Aspen, our nursing program gives college credits to nurses who have passed the NCLEX [National Council Licensure Examination]. Since I’m a CMA (AAMA), I said, ‘Why don’t we do the same thing for medical assistants?’

Name: Nina Beaman, EdD, MSN, RN, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Dean at of nursing and health sciences at Aspen University in Denver

In the spotlight: She spearheaded the creation of a program at Aspen University that allows CMAs (AAMA) to apply the eight courses and practicum hours they earned to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam toward a bachelor’s degree in health care administration.


May/​June 20​20
Put to the test

CMA (AAMA)® answers call to serve during COVID-19 crisis

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“Because this is a pandemic and most people I know have never lived through a pandemic, [this ordeal] unites us. I take it personally for our patients, and the patients act like they can feel that. We’re all in this together.”

Name: Olivia Tipton, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assistant at Wayne UNC Health Care in North Carolina

In the spotlight: When her workplace began COVID-19 screening, Tipton quickly joined their efforts to combat the coronavirus. Even during an uncertain time and behind personal protective equipment (PPE), Tipton makes it a priority to find ways to connect with patients and show she cares.