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Medical Assistant

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Train for a New Career as a Medical Assistant

If you have a passion for helping people and would enjoying keeping a medical practice running smoothly, a career in medical assisting could be a good fit for you. A medical assistant works as a support member of healthcare teams who help with clinical and administrative duties. Medical assistants can also be called on to help patients feel at ease or to explain the healthcare provider’s instructions.

The medical assistant program at Brightwood College can help you gain with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on training to pursue a career in medical assisting. Related post: what employers say about our graduates.

Kevin, Student

The teachers offer a ton of support. At Brightwood, you have so many informative people around that can help you. Take that leap of faith. At the end of the day, it’s going to pay off.

Kevin, Student

Why Should You Choose a Career in Healthcare?

Today’s healthcare system depends on medical assistants to care for patients and keep facilities running smoothly. Due to our nation’s aging population and new trends in healthcare, the need for healthcare workers such as medical assistants is rising. In fact, medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations.* Now is a great time to pursue medical assistant training and develop the skills needed to enter this exciting field.

Attending a medical assistant school could help create a path to a new career in the medical field. The Medical Assistant Diploma program at Brightwood College offers classes that are career-focused to help you reach your goals.

Medical Assistant Training with a Focus on Hands-on Learning

It takes a specific set of skills and a working knowledge of medical terminology to work in the healthcare field. You need education and medical assistant training to help you stand out from other candidates. In our medical assistant program, our courses are designed to equip you with the clinical and administrative skills that could help you successfully enter the field.

Our medical assistant training is comprehensive. You will receive hands-on training in labs that simulate real-world work environments and utilize the equipment found in healthcare facilities. You can learn to be a second set of hands in the examining room, develop a sharp eye for accurate record-keeping and be a calming presence for patients. Read our related post: what does it take to become a medical assistant?

Receive a practical medical assistant education that prepares you for the real world.

Our medical assistant courses emphasize professionalism and teamwork. Courses are taught by qualified instructors who have real-world experience in their fields. Mastering clinical skills is an important part of becoming a medical assistant. Our classes are structured in a way to help you learn, practice and implement these skills.

Much of your medical assistance training will take place in labs equipped for true hands-on learning opportunities. In our medical assistant classes, you can learn how to:

  • Assist with physical examinations
  • Aid in minor surgical procedures
  • Administer injections
  • Perform EKGS, venipuncture and routine tests
  • Prepare exam room instruments
  • Sterilize and maintain medical equipment
  • Record vital signs and medical histories
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients and families

Another key part of medical assisting is the ability to carry out administrative functions and procedures. We train you to support your team by taking care of task- oriented duties such as answering phones or scheduling appointments.

Our medical assisting classes cover topics such as:

  • Word processing
  • Patient data documentation
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Greeting patients
  • Basic accounting procedures
  • Insurance claims filing
  • Medical information transcription
  • Correspondence preparation
Cassandra, Student

All of the instructors are great and have been in the field. Teachers jump in to help no matter what. They know what they’re doing.

Cassandra, Student

Prepare for a Medical Assistant Job in a Practicum

We prepare our students for entry into the medical field, which is why you will complete a hands-on externship during the Medical Assistant program. An externship is a portion of your study that occurs in a physician’s office, clinic or healthcare facility.

Strengthen your medical assistant skills with real-world experience.

In your externship, you will work under the supervision of a licensed medical professional applying the skills and knowledge you learned in class to real-world scenarios. You will receive on-the-job experience that will be helpful in starting a medical assistant career. Read our related post: How to turn your externship into a job.

Possible Career Outcomes for Earning a Medical Assistant Diploma or Certificate

Once you complete our Medical Assistant training program, you may pursue entry-level positions in a doctor’s office, clinic or other medical facility:

  • Medical assistant
  • Hospital donor unit assistant
  • Blood bank donor unit assistant
  • Front office assistant manager

Optional Medical Assistant Certification

Becoming a certified medical assistant can benefit your career.

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field. In some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Eligible graduates of our medical assistant program can sit for one or more of the following certification exams:

  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, sponsored by the American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Certification and licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus catalog to determine which may be available to graduates from your location. Related post: Read our 10 study tips from college instructors.

Plus, after earning your Medical Assistant Diploma/Certificate, you can take additional courses to earn your Associate’s degree in medical assisting.

Medical Assistant Job Description

Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings including primary care offices, urgent care centers and clinics. They administer patient care, ensure accurate recordkeeping and perform other clinical tasks.

A medical assistant’s job can vary day-to-day depending on the current needs of the practice or facility.

What is a medical assistant?

Medical assistants are key members of healthcare teams. They work alongside doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

Typically, medical assistants are the first people that patients see, so they can set the tone for the whole facility. Strong communication skills and a compassionate attitude can go a long way in this job because direct patient care is generally a part of their role. Read our related post: How much do medical assistants make and what do they do?

What does a medical assistant do?

Medical assistants play an important role in medical offices and clinics. Job duties of a medical assistant often include but are not limited to:

  • Greeting patients
  • Prepping patients for exams
  • Taking vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, weight and pulse
  • Performing routine lab duties such as drawing blood
  • Administering injections
  • Assisting physicians with wound care, suturing and biopsies
  • Supporting physician during exams
  • Helping explain physician instructions
  • Following-up with patients

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Contact us to learn how our Medical Assistant certificate and diploma programs can help you take the first step toward a career in healthcare.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The median annual wage for medical assistants was $31,540 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,310. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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