What does a medical assistant do?
Medical assisting is a flexible profession with many career options and fast training. As a medical assistant, you can work a typical 9-5 job or find more flexible, part-time positions. Medical assistants have administrative and clinical duties for instance:
- recording patient history
- measuring vital signs
- performing routine lab duties
- supporting physicians during exams
- scheduling appointments
- entering medical information
- upholding HIPPA rights
Medical Assistants are typically the first and last faces seen by the patient. They are hands-on and have the opportunity to form relationships with and advocate for their patients. Above all, those who are naturally warm, welcoming, and caring are especially well suited for medical assisting. After finishing a medical assisting training, you can work in careers like medical assisting, clinical medical assisting, blood bank donor unit assisting, front office assisting, hospital donor unit assisting, clinical laboratory aide, back-office laboratory assisting, and more. However, many people use medical assistance as entry into health care careers and further their education to become nurses or by earning specialized certifications. The sky is the limit.
What type of training do I need to become a medical assistant?
In order to become a medical assistant, you will need the training to become certified. Medical assisting training at Beckfield College can be completed in as little as 15 months. Your training takes place in a class and lab environment to cover the administrative and clinical training required to be the best at what you’ll do. In other words, because medical assisting is a versatile career field it is important that you receive versatile training. With that in mind, at Beckfield College, versatile training is exactly what you’ll get. Check out our Medical Assisting Program page here for more information.
How much money do medical assistants make?
According to the latest national data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median pay in Kentucky is $33,450 per year and $34,270 per year in Ohio. Keep in mind, that the amount of money you make will change based on your experience, location, and the specific job title and tasks you’ll do. Most importantly, the future of this career field is excellent and continuously growing, providing ample employment opportunities.
Beckfield’s very own Director of Career Services, Dr. Erica Okere remarks that “Many employers that we partner with call daily seeking MA candidates for hire. Unfortunately, there is a college and community-wide shortage to fill the position. The medical assistant is a position that is high in demand, and we at Beckfield College are dedicated to seeking new enrollments for this unique trade. The positions range from sleep clinics to physician’s offices to hospitals (E. Okere personal communication, May 24, 22).”
What type of people become medical assistants?
In conclusion, if you are compassionate, adaptable, meticulous and a good communicator, you have the traits to be a great medical assistant. Caring and organized people who want to help people and make a difference in the quality of care for patients are best cut out for medical assistance.
If you are ready to learn more about starting your new career please call or email us today at (859) 371-9393.