Medical Assistant Courses at Top Training Schools: Fast and Flexible Track to a Career in the Rapidly Growing Field of Medical Assisting

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A medical assisting career would be a perfect choice for anyone interested in medicine, health and helping people; with such great career prospects and excellent places to train, itÂ?s an easy decision.

Recent interviews with trainee medical assistants from three top institutions (Southwestern College, The Cittone Institute and CEI) reveal the one-year diploma program in medical assisting (part of the allied healthcare field) to be a rapid and remarkably flexible path to an exciting and rewarding career in an area of fast employment growth.

The interviews with these students reveal their satisfaction not just with their choice of career, but with their choice of educational institution: almost all the interviewees described their chosen institution as conveniently located and extremely flexible. Highly rated medical assisting programs at accredited institutions are offered in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Nevada.

A medical assisting career would be a perfect choice for anyone interested in medicine, health and helping people; with such great career prospects and excellent places to train, it’s an easy decision. For more information, and to hear for yourself how satisfied students were with their choice of institution and career, visit the following links:

Amy Baxter on the Medical Assistant Program at CEI

Eleni Drakos on the Medical Assistant Program at CEI

Amanda Platt on the Medical Assistant Program at CEI

Stephanie Kurchner on the Medical Assisting Program at Southwestern College

Anitra Simpson on the Medical Assisting Program at Southwestern College

Shayla Doughty on the Medical Assistant Program at Cittone

Tatiana Isaeoa on the Medical Assistant Program at Cittone

Clearly, training for a career in medical assisting could not be simpler: many institutes of higher education offer courses in this as well as other allied health care fields. The key is to find the right medical assistant school—one which can offer practical experience as well as a convenient location and a flexible schedule of academic coursework. Such flexible scheduling allows students to start training right away without wasting any time; for example, when Shayla Doughty decided to train as a medical assistant, she called The Cittone Institute on a Tuesday and began taking classes that same Friday.

Interviews with several medical assistant trainees illustrate just how easy and rewarding training in this allied healthcare field can be. Medical assisting is a career with superb job prospects, excellent working conditions and tremendous personal satisfaction—and training for such a career is quick and flexible. Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks to keep a doctor’s office or clinic running smoothly. Almost sixty percent of medical assistants work in physician’s offices, while others work in hospitals or for other healthcare practitioners, such as chiropractors or podiatrists. Nine-month diploma courses such as the Southwestern College Medical Assistant Program provide a medical assistant with all the skills necessary to work in any medical setting—this program is designed to train a medical assistant to work with and under the direction of a physician in patient care and administration. The student learns clinical techniques including examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, performing routine laboratory procedures, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, CPR, and first aid. Students will therefore be ready to work in a physician’s office, hospital, laboratory or any other medical setting.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts excellent employment prospects and continued employment growth for medical assistants over the next ten years. “In fact,” they write, “medical assistants is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2004-14 period.” Although a few medical assistants learn the job as they go, the American Association of Medical Assistants strongly recommends formal training: “In view of the preference of many health care employers for trained personnel, job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification.” The one year diploma courses offered at accredited institutions such as Southwestern College, The Cittone Institute and CEI easily meet this requirement.

On the other hand, some skills are best learned by doing which is why it is well worth seeking out a course that provides opportunities for practical experience integrated with academic courses. Three such institutions are Southwestern College, serving Ohio and Kentucky, The Cittone Institute which has several campuses around Philadelphia and New Jersey and CEI Medical Assistant Program does emphasize a hands-on approach. Through their innovative Doctor’s Office Classroom (DOC), CEI offers students the opportunity to work in a simulated real-life environment. In this setting, students are able to assume the roles of office personnel and patients while performing tests and practicing the skills they will need on the job. Another course which employs a similar method is The Cittone Institute Medical Assistant Program which school because she had encountered its graduates and been impressed at the caliber of their work.

The CEI Medical Assistant Program does emphasize a hands-on approach. Through their innovative Doctor’s Office Classroom (DOC), CEI offers students the opportunity to work in a simulated real-life environment. In this setting, students are able to assume the roles of office personnel and patients while performing tests and practicing the skills they will need on the job. Another course which employs a similar method is The Cittone Institute Medical Assistant Program which ensures that students practice their classroom knowledge in the real world through externships.

Another attractive aspect of training in the allied health field, especially in medical assisting, is the exceptional flexibility of the diploma program. Courses start throughout the year and a schedule accommodating a student’s family or job responsibilities can easily be arranged. In fact, this is what drew Anitra Simpson to enroll CEI Medical Assistant Program does emphasize a hands-on approach. Through their innovative Doctor’s Office Classroom (DOC), CEI offers students the opportunity to work in a simulated real-life environment. In this setting, students are able to assume the roles of office personnel and patients while performing tests and practicing the skills they will need on the job. Another course which employs a similar method is The Cittone Institute Medical Assistant Program which because they will work with you and you can continue doing your daily activities plus get your education.”

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