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While there will always be a need for medical assistants, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in October 2013 made this need even more urgent. The demand for trained medical assistants in physicians’ offices has also helped to push dollars earned to over $29,370 annually,* making it a golden opportunity for those who want a career that is not only always in demand, but one that can provide a competitive salary.
Medical assistants can travel two routes when it comes to a career. First, the clinical side of the physician’s office requires that the medical assistant work one-on-one with patients taking their vital signs, conducting minor procedures under the physician’s supervision, and assisting with examinations as needed. Clinical work also requires patience and stamina to meet and assist many people in a day, each with his or her own personality. With these challenges come the rewards of helping people who need you, including the physician.
The administrative side of medical assisting is known as “front office.” This usually includes duties such as working with insurance coding, handling patient accounts, scheduling patients and various other clerical duties. Again, having patience is key because back office medical assistants are the face of the practice, meeting and greeting patients as they enter the medical office and approach the front desk.
All medical assistants must begin with a qualified medical assisting training program, such as what Allied Medical School offers. The Allied program offers flexibility that allows students up to a year to complete each program (Medical Assisting I and Medical Assisting II).
The Allied program offers flexible training that can be completed within a year. Both front and back office aspects are covered, with the program wrapping up with a hands-on externship in the student’s own community.
Real-Time Experience Via Externship
One of the most important aspects of training to be a medical assistant is obtaining hands-on experience. Most physicians require this for employment consideration, and with externships through Allied Medical School’s program, you can get it.
The medical assisting externship consists of 160 hours of field experience, placing students in a real work environment under direct supervision from experienced staff. In turn, this gives the student the qualities necessary for employment as a medical professional. Through the externship, medical assisting students can expect to perform certain tasks such as:
- Scheduling appointments, filing, and answering phones
- Learning time management skills
- How to work with electronic health and medical records
- Obtaining vital signs
- Learning about patient education
- Assisting in patient exams
- Giving injections and immunizations, if applicable
- Managing and ordering supplies
- … and more
Allied’s medical assisting externship is complimentary to students who complete the Medical Assisting I and II programs successfully.
Great Growth Expected
Those who join the medical assisting field can expect much faster than average career growth – 29% in fact between 2012 and 2022. This is due in part to the increased demand for trained medical assisting professionals via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because of the ACA, millions of new insurance subscribers will flood the health care market, increasing physicians’ patient loads and necessitating more medical assistants to help manage this.
Additionally, because medical assistants are expected to have increasingly complex job responsibilities, the average salary should go up. The switch to utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) will contribute to the ever-changing duties of the medical assistant, requiring them to have knowledge of EHR computer software, maintenance of EHR security and ability to analyze electronic data in order to improve health care information. Because of this, the average salary of a trained medical assistant is expected to increase annually.
Go For The Gold
Take the first step toward being in demand across the country. Start your medical assistant training now and become a part of this growing career field.
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