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Preparing Students for Real World Success

Published: July 27, 2018

Starlite Night Gun, BSN, RN decided to pursue a career in health care after helping her sister-in-law with her first labor and delivery. “It was such a great experience that I knew right there what I wanted to do,” she says.

She has worked as a registered nurse since earning her nursing degree in 2012, but she adjusted the way she helps people earlier this year when she took over as Lead Medical Assistant Instructor for Charter College in Missoula.

She says she always enjoyed the teaching aspect of her job. “I was teaching diabetes and cancer education, which I really enjoyed,” she says. That also gave her a foundation in lesson planning and classroom instruction.

Conveniently located at 1930 Brooks Street, Charter College Missoula offers Medical Assistant preparation designed to give students the skills they need to begin a career in the growing health care industry.

The Medical Assistant program, which is available at all Charter College campus locations, incorporates a combination of clinical, technical and business skills, preparing graduates for entry-level employment in health care, in a variety of positions, including: Medical Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Medical Receptionist or Medical Office Administrative Assistant.

Industry-current labs provide hands-on training where students not only learn essential skills, they also gain experience that simulates the health care workplace. Prior to graduation, students also complete an externship in a hospital, clinic, or physician office to gain real work experience.

Night Gun is obviously doing it right as her last three mods in a row have had a 100 percent passing rate for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Exam.

“I like being able to help students in their learning environment and then knowing I was part of their educational journey and now they’re out doing great things in the real world,” she says. 

Night Gun says she wishes she had Charter College as an option when she was in school. “When I went to nursing school, I had to practice on fake arms for injections and simulations for catheters,” she says. “Here you practice on each other and get real life experience.”

She adds that students also get to see actual lab work being done. “I had to learn all of that on the job. These students have the advantage of being able to learn all this before they go out in the field, putting them way ahead of the game.”

When she’s not working, Night Gun and her husband Sheldon, along with their four children, ages 7 to 21, enjoy all of the outdoor recreation Missoula has to offer, including swimming, fishing and camping.

For more information on Charter College’s Missoula campus, visit /missoula-mt.