Ms. Mary Gjernes began working in Aberdeen, SD in 1981 when she moved from Sioux Falls, SD. She worked at Sioux Valley Hospital from 1978-1981 and upon moving to Aberdeen, she initiated, developed, and directed laboratory services for physician offices. She served as lab supervisor for a Family Practice Clinic from 1981-1997. In 1997 she joined the Presentation College community to teach in the Allied Health Department.
Ms. Gjernes has an Associate Degree from Presentation College in Medical Laboratory Technology and Certifications by ASCP and NCA in laboratory science. She is also certified by the AAMA in Medical Assisting and credentials her as a CMA.
Ms. Gjernes received her Bachelors of Science in Business degree in May 2008. In 2013, Ms. Gjernes completed her Master’s Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Student Learning. Ms. Gjernes has worked in the medical profession, clinical and education, since 1978; and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Allied Health Department at Presentation College.
Ms. Gjernes currently is the Program Director for the Medical Assisting Program Associate Degree, the virtual Medical Office Administration Associate Degree, and the Medical Coding Certificate program.