Medical Assistant student finds ‘right place’ to train for next phase of career


As her life changed, so did the things Jessica Dunsmore ’20 sought in a career. 

The 37-year-old mother of two had worked as a medical software consultant, scaling her commitments to part-time as her young family called more of her attention home. Over time, though, the day-to-day demands of family life started to look different. She was ready to take on a new professional challenge. 


After looking into programs in health care careers at other colleges and universities, some of which she says were, “astoundingly expensive,” Jessica connected with Anoka Technical College’s Success Coaching team. Together they matched her interest and past academic experience with a new plan: the Medical Assistant program.

 “I wanted to be with people and interact with people,” she says. “Medical Assistant called out to me because it is so high on patient care and patient interaction.


Jessica, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bethel University, says she’s confident the instruction she’s receiving at Anoka Tech will be applicable in her new career

“I’ve been to a big university and now I’m at a technical college. I’ve never felt more supported and confident that I’m learning what I need to learn to be the best I can be when I go out into the field,” Jessica says. “I know that what I’m being taught is real life and I will use it for years to come. None of it feels wasteful. It feels like I’m in the right place.


Jessica says she’s hoping to end up in a clinical environment that will allow her to build long-term relationships with her patients.

She believes the Medical Assistant program at Anoka Tech offers students interested in a career in health care a practical, versatile education.

“Anybody interested in patient care, whether as a stepping stone to something else, Medical Assistant is the place to start,” she says. “That said, if MA is your destination, this program will get you trained and help you quickly get out and get working.”


Join us Thursday Oct. 24 or Wednesday Dec. 4 to learn more about the Medical Assistant program at Anoka Tech. 

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