Are you interested in a rewarding career in which you can help others? Have you ever considered a career as a Medical Assistant? Becoming a Nurse, a Doctor, or a Pharmacist takes years of schooling and thousands of dollars in tuition, but you can train to be a Medical Assistant in as few as 9 months with training from IBT. Read on to discover 5 great reasons to pursue this rewarding medical career.
- Medical Assistants are in High Demand
The Healthcare industry in the United States is booming, and with an aging population, and ever increasing demand for healthcare services and the professionals that provide them, Medical Assistants are more in demand than ever. Medical Assistants work in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, private labs, and other healthcare facilities in every town, every city, and every part of the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, adding about 2.4 million new jobs, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Medical Assistants are an Important Part of a Medical Team
Medical Assistants play a vital role in the healthcare field. A Medical Assistant is a type of Allied Health Professional, and they work directly alongside doctors, physicians, and other medical providers to provide patients with the highest level of care. Medical Assistants perform an assortment of both administrative and clinical tasks, freeing up the doctor’s time for other important tasks. Medical Assistants are often responsible for important administrative duties, including greeting patients, updating and filing patients' medical records, and scheduling appointments.
- Medical Assistants Perform Vital Healthcare Tasks
Medical Assistants are responsible for many important clinical tasks that assist and support the doctor and the other medical staff. The Medical Assistant may be responsible for conducting routine tasks and procedures such as measuring patients’ vital signs, administering medications and injections, recording information in medical recordkeeping systems, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing. The Medical Assistant will also prepare the patient for any scheduled procedures, and answer any questions they may have regarding the procedure. Medical Assistants organize patient’s charts, arrange for hospital admissions, order prescriptions through the pharmacy, and clean the exam rooms between patients.
- Medical Assistants Help Patients
Medical Assistants are hands-on health workers, providing direct care to patients. A tolerant, patient, and caring manner is important for these workers. Medical Assistants act as a patient coordinator by providing a means of communication between patients, doctors and other health care providers. The Medical Assistant is often the one who explains and prepares the patient for a medical procedure; the Medical Assistant is also the one who takes the patient’s medical history and receives and discerns any pertinent health information. The Medical Assistant manages the relationship between the patient and the other medical staff. The Medical Assistant is often the first, and the last, face the patient sees during their medical visit.
- IBT can train you to be a Medical Assistant in just 9 months!
Unlike becoming a nurse or a doctor, you can train to be a Medical Assistant in months, not years. IBT offers an excellent, industry-recognized training program that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Institute for Business and Technology (IBT) provides hands-on training from industry professionals, and prepares students for the Medical Assistant National Certification from the NCCT. With training from IBT, you can enter the medical field in less than a year!
If Medical Assisting sounds interesting to you, give IBT a call at (800)915-3562 to speak to one of our friendly Admissions Representatives. We can answer your questions, schedule a visit to IBT’s large, modern campus in beautiful Santa Clara, California, or help you begin the enrollment process. What are you waiting for? Make it happen with IBT!