As you can see in the data from Data USA below, with more 634,400 employed in 2016, the Medical Assistant position is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States.
Based on the recent job search conducted by Institute of Career Continuity, there are more than 3,800 Medical Assistant job openings in the NY area alone.
What do Medical Assistants do?
There is a reason that Medical Assistants are in such high demand. As a Medical Assistant, you are qualified to perform both clinical and administrative tasks. While the exact responsibilities of your job will depend on your place of employment and the State that you live in, your clinical work may include assistance with patient assessments, examinations, obtaining laboratory specimens, performing electrocardiograms, providing patient education, and much more. The administrative side of the job may include patient registrations, appointment scheduling, billing and is usually performed in an office setting.
As you can see, the skill set possessed by the Medical Assistant is diverse and is equally important in hospitals, clinics, large medical centers, and small physician offices. This is one of the reasons that once you obtain your education and certification, you are unlikely to worry about unemployment.
What kind of education do I need?
While every employer has their own criteria for the type of individual that they are looking to hire, all employers look for Medical Assistants who have been certified by a nationally recognized association, such as the NHA (National Healthcareer Association).
In order to obtain your certification, you need to complete a rigorous but efficient course that includes a hands-on externship (a training program in a workplace).
Upon completion, you will be qualified to sit for the appropriate NHA certification exams. At Institute of Career Continuity, we’ve created two Medical Assistant programs: one focused on Clinical Medical Assistants (540 hours) and another on Medical Assistants – Administrative and Clinical (900 hours). After completing a Medical Assistant program at ICC, you can qualify for as many as 6 national certifications from the NHA.
Once I finish my education, how much experience do I need in order find a job?
Although Medical Assistants possess varied skills and have a lot of responsibilities, the role is still considered to be an entry level one. As you think about the process of looking for your first job, this is actually an important advantage, as you can start your career faster without worrying about having years of relevant experience under your belt. That said, relevant on-the-job experience always helps. Hence, our Clinical Medical Assistant program at ICC includes 150 hours of clinical workplace training and our Medical Assistant program includes as much as 276 hours of clinical workplace training.
What kind of jobs can I apply for after I finish my education?
Because Medical Assistant education prepares for many aspects of clinical and administrative responsibilities, you will have many options when looking for employment. Here are just a few examples:
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