The Timeframe to Become a Medical Assistant

Categories: Admissions, Career Services, Medical Assisting

Medical assisting careers can have a variety of options for schedules, job duties and work environments. From working in medical offices and emergency clinics, medical assistants normally work directly alongside a physician. However, medical assistants are not to be confused with physician assistants. Medical assistants do a lot of routine administrative and clinical tasks, whereas physician assistants will perform more in-depth procedures in examining, diagnosing and even treating the patient. All medical assistants essentially perform a similar set of job duties. We’ve broken down the different administrative and clinical tasks below: Common Medical Assistant Clinical Duties Prepping patients for exams Taking blood Performing lab tests Assisting physicians during exams Collecting lab specimens Explaining treatments to patients Administering medications as directed by physician Changing wound dressings Taking electrocardiograms Common Medical Assistant Administrative Duties Scheduling appointments Updating patient records Answering telephones Greeting patients Operating various computer applications Filling out insurance forms Booking…

Becoming a Medical Assistant: A Checklist

Categories: Medical Assisting

Those seeking a  career in a growing industry would do well pursuing a career in medical assisting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 160,000 new jobs will be created in the next seven years.. But before you envision completing your first week on the job it’s important to understand what becoming a medical assistant means, and what it’s like to be one. Read on for a personal checklist in becoming a medical assistant: Checkbox 1: Know what the Career Entails The first step in becoming a medical assistant is to understand the soft skills required to be successful. Medical assistants have to be people-friendly due to their constant dealings with patients and doctors. They must also be dedicated to their craft, as working in the healthcare industry requires constant focus and a love for helping people. The last trait to possess is flexibility. Due to the varying nature…

4 things you didn’t know about being a Medical Assisting student

Categories: Medical Assisting

Being a Medical Assisting student at Arizona College is very exciting!  From the first day of class, students are integrated with other new Medical Assisting students, as well as, those who are in various stages of their program.  It doesn’t take long before students make friends and form groups who often study together before or after class and attend open lab.  Students often have a lot in common and are like-minded; since the idea of providing care to others intrigued them to become a Medical Assistant.  There are 4 things that you might not have known about being a Medical Assistant student at Arizona College: Learn Valuable Front Office/Administration skills as part of the Medical Assisting curriculum. Being a Medical Assistant requires the flexibility and knowledge to work in both front office and back office environments. Because of this, Medical Assisting students at Arizona College learn how a medical Front…

In What specialties can a Medical Assistant work?

Categories: Career Services, Medical Assisting

Medical Assistants are a vital part of the healthcare team.  They support a busy physician while completing various tasks on a daily basis. Medical Assistants help the office run effectively and efficiently. Medical Assistants directly support a physician and her or his office. Doctors, physicians  and other healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat patients, often employ Medical Assistants as part of their staff.  Depending on the Medical Assistant’s interests, schedule preferences, and benefit requirements, employment possibilities range from small private practices with a few employees to large corporate hospital or clinical systems.  Medical Assistants can also choose which type of specialty they would prefer to work in, some examples include: Family Practice-treat patients for acute and chronic illnesses, provide follow up care, and refer patients to specialists for challenging cases that require in depth diagnosis and treatment. Obstetrics and Gynecology-provides care for women’s reproductive systems including yearly physical testing and…

Allied Health Professions Week 2014

Categories: Dental Assisting, Health Information, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy

Every year, the health care community desires to create awareness for particular health care related professions, including Allied Health. November 3rd-9th, 2014, is a week dedicated to honoring all Allied Health Professionals.  This event honors the more than 3 million health care providers working in more than 80 allied health professions.  It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators, and allied health accreditors. Who are Allied Health Professionals? Allied Health Professionals provide patient care, which including the medical, dental and pharmacy fields.  They work within a team to make the health care system function effectively and efficiently by providing a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services.  These professionals are crucial to the health care providers they support and the patients they tend.  It is estimated that Allied Health Professionals make up approximately 60% of the health care workforce. What are…