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Medical assistant training at any school is meant to provide hands-on training that challenges each student to get involved.

Patricia Lucarelli - Medical Assistant Student Saves Life

Patricia Lucarelli - Medical Assistant Student Saves Life

While medical assistant program coursework is designed to give students the skills and knowledge that enables them to compete for entry-level work on day one of graduation, few students imagine experiencing an event that grants them the opportunity to save a life.

For Patricia Lucarelli, an Everest College medical assistant student at the Portland campus, this became a reality when she was able to use her training to save the life of another.

Instincts and Training Saved the Day

Lucarelli was walking along a city boulevard with her fiancé and another friend when they suddenly noticed a group of people huddled around a man lying unconscious on the ground.

“They (crowd) were in shock, so no one was doing anything,” says Lucarelli.

Her instincts and training immediately kicked in. Checking for signs of life, she realized the man on the ground was still warm even though there was no pulse. The pupils of his eyes were mere pinpoints. Checking his air passage, the Everest medical assistant student began compressions and coached her friend on how and when to breathe into his lungs in the hopes he might regain consciousness.

Soon, there were a few gasps. Checking his pulse again, Lucarelli felt the signs of a faint heartbeat. She continued administering life-saving compressions until the paramedics arrived.

“Later, the paramedics told [him] that he was legally dead and through our quick action, we saved his life,” according to Lucarelli. “I wish I could see [him] standing, talking and walking, but most of all, just to see his bright blue eyes with life in them. What a feeling!”

Her Fast Response Saved a Life

Not every student will experience such a life-changing event. However, Lucarelli received industry-specific training at Everest College in Portland that prepared her to put her skills into rapid action. Her courses included the study of basic medical office practice, anatomy and physiology, medical transcription, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, and more.

Interested in learning more about medical assistant training at Everest College?

Contact us today. Programs and schedules vary by campus.

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Our Everest College Portland is now accepting applications for Summer 2007.

Everest College Portland was established as Western Business College in 1955. The campus changed names to Everest College Portland in 2005.

To give our students an excellent education and job skills training, we offer a six-story school building with 34,000 square feet of space, 25 classrooms, and a student lounge, specially remodeled for our purposes. Class sizes average from 20 to 25 on a term-by-term basis.

Everest College Portland students have access to the Multnomah County Library, which is located several blocks from the campus. In addition, the campus has a reference library containing approximately 2500 volumes that feature all areas of program specialization. Everest College Portland also has an extensive law library containing approximately 2000 volumes as well as the availability of WESTLAW and Lexis, on-line legal research tools.

We are in the heart of downtown Portland on S.W. Washington Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, adjacent to the Transit Mall. This central location provides easy access from any part of the Portland metropolitan area.

Everest Portland Campus programs:

  • Accounting
  • Accounting/Business Administration
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Advanced Microcomputer Applications
  • Automated Office Technology
  • Bookkeeping
  • Criminal Justice
  • Executive Assistant
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Operations Specialist
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician

Click to apply for enrollment into Everest College Portland.


Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.

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