With so much opportunity, the time to train for your new medical assistant career is now. Whether you’re currently working full time, juggling a family or all of the above, getting the proper training you need is 100% possible. Here’s how to become a medical assistant in three steps:
1. Choose an Online Medical Assisting School
Starting a new career when you already have a day job and responsibilities is challenging, but not impossible if you choose the right online medical assisting school. First, look for a nationally accredited medical assisting program. Second, make sure the course is offered 100% online with 24/7 course access so you can study around your schedule. Next, make sure the curriculum is comprehensive with both administrative and clinical training, as physicians desire their staff to possess the full medical assisting skill set.
Here are some other important benefits your training program should include:
• Live support
• Competitive tuition with financial assistance options, including interest-free payment plans
• Certification exam preparation
• Externship experience
2. Reinforce Your Skills with a Medical Assisting Externship Experience
Completing your medical assisting class is a major accomplishment. Now put your new found skills to good use in a real medical setting with an externship. If you chose the right online medical assisting school, your program should include an externship experience. Additionally, the school should make all necessary externship experience arrangements on your behalf.
Your externship can take place in a physician’s office, medical facility, hospital and more, lasting approximately four to eight weeks. By the end of your externship, you’ll have en edge over the competition and the attention of prospective employers because you’ll have something on your resume most new medical industry job applicants lack – Experience.
3. Take Your Certification Exam and Become a Registered Medical Assistant
Once you complete your externship, you should feel pretty confident. And that’s exactly the right state of mind for the next, vital step in starting your medical assisting career –Taking the RMA certification exam. The RMT exam is offered by The American Medical Technologists (AMT), a nonprofit certification agency and professional membership association representing over 46,000 individuals in allied health care. The 200 question, three hour exam covers general, administrative and clinical skills. Although medical assistants are not required by law to take the certification exam, a registered medical assistant will have access to greater salary and job advancement opportunities.
Starting your medical assisting career is more attainable than you think. Take the first step by researching online medical assisting schools and start your training now. Before you know it, you’ll be an integral part of the growing health care industry. How to Become a Medical Assistant
Your externship is the point at which you move from student to medical assistant. Your transition will serve as a way to fine-tune the skills you learned in class by working in an actual medical office. Most externships are unpaid, but provide you with the tools you need to feel confident in your ability to be a medical assistant. An externship is like an internship, only shorter as it is the last step in your training.
During your stay in a medical office, the externship site supervisor will offer a written evaluation of your work, attitude and performance in general. They will also provide feedback on how reliable you are and how well you perform each task. It is important to ensure you receive a good evaluation, as this will be a determining factor in whether you will be able to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.
Once you have successfully completed your externship, it is a good idea to leave copies of your resume with the office manager, just in case a job opportunity pops up. You can also ask them to refer you to anyone they know who might need help as well.
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What can you do to increase your chances of finding a job after you complete medical assisting training? There are plenty of forums and articles about the trials and tribulations of looking for a position, but you can make the search your own and have it work in your favor if you follow a few simple steps.
A Sharp Resume – If you want to find a job as a medical administrative assistant or clinical medical assistant, first impressions make a difference. Make sure your resume is organized and free of grammatical errors, bloopers and blips. Highlight your training and externship experience – remember that unpaid experience counts!
Be Yourself – Do not pretend you know it all. It is better to admit you don’t have experience in a particular area, than tell a story and be held accountable for it. Most of all, be yourself, because that’s the person who will be on the job every day.
Have a Good Attitude – Have you ever been to the doctor, only to experience a rude person behind the front desk (or back office)? Learn from this and don’t be that person. Being short and unfriendly doesn’t cut it, either. Be pleasant and show genuine interest in what you’re doing, which is helping people. You’ll get noticed. (Don’t forget eye contact!)
Do What It Takes To Get Experience – One of the best ways to get experience as a medical assistant is to do it. Volunteering is a great way to accomplish this. Even if you currently work during the day, you can volunteer in the evenings for a blood bank, hospital or Red Cross. This experience could possibly lead to a job and networking opportunities.
Get Serious – You are a representative of the medical assisting field. Be a professional, have a good attitude about what you’re doing, and believe that you can. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. There will be naysayers who say it’s impossible to find a medical assisting position, but there are plenty more who say you will and have done so for themselves.
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According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2011 was a good month for health care employment, with jobs in this field growing by 23,000. This falls on top of November 2011, which showed an increase of 17,000.
The report also noted several key areas of employment gains:
Ambulatory care – 14,237 jobs
Physicians office – 2,397 jobs
Outpatient care center – 635 jobs
Home healthcare – 1,141 jobs
Nursing and residential care facilities – 3,201 jobsDecember Sees Rise In Health Care Jobs
A National Employment Report released by ADP, a private staffing and business services firm, revealed that 206,000 jobs were added in November by private employers. Additionally, economists in a recent study at the University of Michigan predicted a brighter 2012, and that the jobless rate should continue to fall to 8.8 percent by the end of 2012.
For the medical assisting field, this means positive job growth and more opportunities for those entering the market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the medical assistant field will grow by 33.9 percent from 2008-2018, with an average salary of $37,571.
With this information in mind, it makes sense to look into pursuing a career in the medical assisting field. In particular, training as a medical assistant through a vocational school that also offers an externship, provides you with what you need to get started toward a rewarding, high-growth career.
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Allied Schools is pleased to congratulate Yehudis Kammer, a graduate of the medical assisting program, on passing her Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam and moving into a new position within in the field.
Kammer, who has worked as an admin for a New Jersey-based internal medicine practice for several years, moved forward with her studies and began clinical medical assisting training in early 2011. Through Allied’s extensive and thorough program, Kammer was able to master the techniques and clinical tasks of a medical assistant with minimal direction and guidance. This helped her pass the RMA and later move into a clinical medical assistant position within the practice.
“I feel that I found my calling in the health care arena, and my clinical experience as a medical assistant is going to help me a lot,” says Kammer, who plans to become a nurse practitioner in the future.Allied Medical Assisting Graduate Passes RMA and Moves Into New Job
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