What do Vital Signs Consist of?

Categories: Medical Assisting, Nursing

Anytime you go to the doctor, typically the first things that the Medical Assistant begins to measure are your Vital Signs. Do you know what Vital Signs are and what the normal range for an average adult should be? Vital signs typically consist of four primary readings: Temperature– the baseline for the body’s core temperature at which it functions under normal conditions. The body and its systems are constantly burning energy and temperature is tightly controlled. This process is called Thermoregulation. The average adult temperature is approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The purpose for checking body temperature is to check for an increased temperature; which is an indication that the body is fighting and infection. Pulse/Heart Rate– the expansion/contraction of an artery and is typically measured on the body at the wrist or ankle. The measure is counted in beats per minute and the average for an adult is 50-80 beats…

Important Qualities to have as a Medical Assistant

Categories: Medical Assisting, Uncategorized

Have you been thinking about a career as a Medical Assistant? Do you know what qualities are important to have to be a successful Medical Assistant? What is a Medical Assistant responsible for during a typical workday? If you have ever been to a doctor’s office, chances are, a Medical Assistant has prepped you for your visit with the physician. A Medical Assistant is a vital part of the healthcare team and performs many tasks on a daily basis. The Medical Assistant is often the “wing man” for the physician, and performs clinical duties by prepping the patient for the physician’s examination by taking vital signs, recording symptoms and changes in medical information. Depending on the physician’s diagnosis of the patient, the Medical Assistant may give injections; perform procedures such as blood draws, urine dips, and mouth swabs, to name a few. The Medical Assistant also performs administrative duties such…

Program Spotlight: Medical Assisting Degree & Diploma

Categories: Medical Assisting

Interested in becoming a Medical Assistant? At Arizona College, there are two program options open to you. Our Medical Assisting diploma program takes three quarters, or 30 weeks, to complete, and includes on-campus courses along with a five-week clinical externship. The Medical Assisting associate degree program takes six quarters to complete, or 60 weeks, and includes on-campus instruction, additional general education courses, and a five-week clinical externship. Whether you decide to pursue a diploma or a degree, upon completion of your chosen program you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare environments, including administrative and clinical settings, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. Both the Medial Assisting degree and diploma programs at Arizona College employ a variety of training methods to prepare students with all the front office and back office skills needed to perform the tasks that keep the offices of physicians and other healthcare practitioners running…

Growing Jobs in the Healthcare Industry

Categories: Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is projected to generate roughly 28% of all new jobs created in the United States by 2020. In the 2010-20 projections, healthcare is expected to grow by 33%, or 5.7 million new jobs. The growth of the healthcare industry, which is primarily made up of private and public hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services, is driven by the aging population and longer life expectancies, as well as new advancements in treatments and technologies. Of those occupations in the U.S. that are growing at the quickest pace, many are related to healthcare. Both Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting jobs are expected to increase by 31% through 2020. In addition to an aging population that will require more medical care, the rising cost of healthcare is causing more medical tasks to be delegated in order to keep costs down.…

The Benefits of Earning Your Degree in Medical Assisting

Categories: Medical Assisting

Thinking about a career in the rewarding field of Medical Assisting? While earning your degree isn’t a requirement for working as a Medical Assistant, choosing a training program that leads to a degree in Medical Assisting can offer advantages for program graduates. A degree in Medical Assisting can potentially give you a leg up on the competition during the job interview process. Your longer training period may also set you apart from those who hold either diplomas or certificates, and make you a more appealing candidate when it comes time to hire for a Medical Assisting position. While degree programs require more credit hours and take more time to complete than diploma or certificate programs, the additional coursework and general education classes results in a thorough, well-rounded education. At Arizona College, our Medical Assisting degree program includes courses specific to the field of Medical Assisting, as well as general education…