Find out if this exciting career is for you!
If you are searching for a career in the healthcare field that provides personal fulfillment, a wide variety of experience, and doesn’t require years of studies, you may want to consider training as a medical assistant.
Medical assistants perform a blend of administrative and clinical duties to keep medical offices running smoothly. Working alongside doctors and nurses, they may take patient histories, get vital signs, draw blood, handle specimens, or perform diagnostic tests. They also schedule appointments, file medical records, and work with insurance companies. Becoming a medical assistant can be fulfilling for many reasons.
You can help others and feel good about what you do
If you are the type of person who gets personal satisfaction from helping someone in need, you will be in a career that is based on helping others. Whether you are calming a patient’s nerves before a procedure or keeping patient appointments running on time, you will end the day feeling good that you were a vital part of a team that helped others.
You can complete training in less than one year
College is not for everyone—many people don't have the time or the funds to invest in a four-year college education. But that doesn’t mean you can’t become a medical professional. The Medical Assistant training program at Branford Hall can be completed in less than one year! Many of our campuses offer full-time day programs, and some of our campuses even offer the flexibility of part-time evening classes (the evening program takes longer than one year to complete). With hands-on learning experiences, you could be ready for the job market by this time next year!
You will have a career with options
Medical assistants can work in numerous settings including medical offices, medical billing and coding departments, hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes and laboratories. It’s also one of the few careers in the medical field that can give you traditional 9-5 hours or the flexibility to work around your other obligations in life.
You will have a positive job outlook
It’s important to check the job outlook of any career you are interested in pursuing. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical assistants “is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” As the population ages and demand increases for preventative services, “physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties,” according to the Handbook.
You can use it as a stepping stone to other careers
Medical assistant is an entry level healthcare job; with its unique role of performing both clinical and administrative duties, medical assistants receive a good overview of the different roles within the medical field. Once you gain experience, you may focus on the job aspects that suit you best. For example, if you find that you like to work directly with patients, you may pursue an education in nursing. Or if you prefer the administrative side, you may seek to advance your career as an office manager.
If these five reasons have piqued your interest, you may want to further explore how to get started on this career path. No prior experience is necessary. Branford Hall’s Medical Assistant program requires a high school diploma (or equivalent) to enroll. Branford Hall will provide all the training you need!
This post is part of the Branford Hall weekly blog where we support our students and prospective students as they seek new careers. If you are interested in our Medical Assistant program, please request information, schedule a tour, or call a career advisor at 800-959-7599.