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Become a Medical Assistant in the New Year

The start of a new year is a great time to make a change

The Branford Hall Career Institute is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their lives and careers. We know that being in a dead-end career can be dissatisfying not only in your professional life but also in your personal life. If you are in this situation and think your career needs a U-turn, then consider what our career institute has to offer.

Consider medical assistant training

One of our popular career-focused training programs is our Professional Medical Assistant program. This program can be completed in less than one year, and can provide you with the clinical skills and knowledge you need to begin a career as a medical assistant.

What is a medical assistant? A medical assistant is a healthcare professional who is trained to assist the medical staff in doctors’ offices, hospitals, specialist centers, nursing homes, surgical centers, and other healthcare facilities. If you’ve gone to your family doctor recently, it was probably a medical assistant who prepared the exam room, called your name in the waiting room, took your vital signs, and asked about your medical history.

Here are some of the everyday tasks that a medical assistant might handle:

  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Taking and recording patient vital signs
  • Updating electronic health records
  • Preparing exam rooms for the next patient
  • Helping with laboratory specimens
  • Assisting with medical billing and coding

For more information on what it’s like to be a medical assistant, try 5 Things to Know About Becoming a Medical Assistant.

No experience necessary

Enrolling in a medical assistant program is not hard. The program does not require any prior experience. Most programs require that you have your high school diploma (or equivalent), come in for an interview, and complete a set of admissions forms. From then on, it’s a matter of your putting in your best effort, attending all your classes and labs, completing all your homework, and passing your exams. Most students can complete the course work in one years’ time and are ready for the job market!

The courses you take will start out basic, and then will slowly introduce the new concepts, terminology, and skills you will need in this career field. Here’s an example of some of the courses you will take:

  • Basic Skills: First Aid and CPR
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Clinical Procedures/Clinical Lab
  • Pharmacology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Electronic Health Records (including health information management)
  • Insurance, Billing, and Coding
  • Career Development
  • Medical Assistant Externship

Remember, no previous experience is necessary. With dedication and commitment on your part, you will have what it takes to study hard and learn the skills you need to become a medical assistant.

To learn more about our Medical Assistant program, or any of our other career-focused programs, fill out our simple online form. A Branford Hall representative will be in touch with you to answer any additional questions you might have.

Here’s hoping you choose Branford Hall in the new year!