Mother’s Illness Inspires Northern Virginia Grad to Care for Others

Six years ago, Kathy Mullen’s mother became severely ill. Upon release from the hospital, she and her siblings would play a major role in their mother’s recovery. “We were taught things like how to administer medication and change a PICC line,” says Kathy. “The whole experience really piqued my interest in medicine, but I didn’t act on it right away.”

The thought of a career change continued to seep into her thoughts. As a legal transcriber, her job would frequently take her up and down I-66 in Northern Virginia…right by ECPI’s Manassas campus. “Each time I glanced over, I would get this feeling that somehow we were connected,” she says. “I know it sounds silly, but I have felt a real connection to ECPI for the longest time. One day, two years ago, I couldn’t drive by without stopping. It was like God was telling me, ‘Kathy, it’s time.’ I turned to my kids, who were in the car that day, and told them, I needed to make a stop.”

Not long after, Kathy was enrolled in the Medical Assistant program. “On my first day of school I was still nervous and thinking, ‘How in the world am I going to learn all of this in 14 or 15 months?’  The next thing I knew I was learning, doing homework, taking tests, and having a complete ball. The classes were very challenging, but all of the instructors were so patient, taking time to explain everything in great detail. There were times, however, when I came into class literally dragging, whether it was from illness (pneumonia once and hypokalemia twice) or my parents’ health, and just one word from my teachers would remind me not to give up, to keep going.”

Today, Kathy is a fulltime Medical Assistant with Manassas Internal Medicine. “First I want to thank the good Lord for all He has brought into my life, and I want to thank all the great people at ECPI for the time they took in educating and encouraging me. I will never forget everyone there who touched my life, and YES, I highly recommend EPCI to anyone looking to go to school.”