If you are curious about a career in the growing medical field but don’t want to spend years in school, Medical Assisting could be a good fit for you. This occupation provides a stable and meaningful career, there are a variety of career paths, and it is expected to have a strong future.
What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants complete clinical and administrative tasks, depending on the type of healthcare facility you work in and the career path you follow. General responsibilities of Medical Assistants include:
- General reception duties
- Assisting in patient exams
- Taking vital signs
- Administering medications and immunizations
- Patient and family education and instruction
Why get Certified?
For some positions, a certification may be required, but even when it is not, many employers would rather hire a Certified Medical Assistant over one who is not certified. Additionally, a certification demonstrates that you have skill, knowledge, and expertise. It also demonstrates that you received a quality education, because you cannot qualify for the CMA exam unless you complete a certificate or diploma program at an accredited institution.
Medical Assistants have one of the strongest job outlooks of many careers. As the population ages and medical needs grow, these professionals will continue to be in demand. Aside from the job growth, the career outlook is good for your personal development because there are a variety of work environments you could choose: a hospital, a physician’s office, an outpatient center, or more.
Steps to Receive your Medical Assistant Certification
- Find an accredited program. You can complete EBI’s Medical Assistant program in as few as 16 months.
- Study hard and prepare for your certification exam.
- Complete a practicum or externship.
- Take the CMA Certification Exam
Enroll in Medical Assistant Classes at EBI
If you’re ready to earn your certification, consider enrolling in a local Medical Assisting program. At EBI, you can complete an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in as few as 16 months with a full-time course load. EBI’s program will qualify you to sit for the certification exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Contact EBI at 607-729-8915 to learn more about our school’s Medical Assistant classes and how they can further your career.