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A medical assistant diploma can help you make a difference

March 23, 2009 0 Comments

If you are interested in helping doctors in a wide range of medical fields and making a positive difference in your community, then a career as a medical assistant may be the job you are looking for. Those who have completed medical assistant courses and have obtained a medical assistant diploma may be able to participate in this fulfilling field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports medical assistants as one of the fastest growing fields in the nation. Medical assistants work with doctors, chiropractors, nurses and podiatrists to help doctors' offices, nursing homes and hospitals run smoothly by filling many critical roles. Those with medical assistant training will learn how to perform clinical, administrative and laboratory tasks.

Help Make a Difference as a Medical Assistant
Medical assistants and those with medical assistant training help patients every day. Medical assistants are often the first contact a patient has with a doctor's office. They schedule appointments and doctor's visits, answer telephones and greet patients. Medical assistants make up a large part of a patient's experience with a doctor's office and play a critical role ensuring patients feel comfortable and are treated properly.

In some states, those with medical assistant training can also help doctors with a wide range of clinical tasks including:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Recording vital signs
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Assisting physicians during examinations

Some individuals with a medical assistant diploma may also be able to help prepare laboratory work, allowing you the opportunity to help with the science behind tomorrow's discoveries.

Medical Assistants: One of the Fastest Growing Positions in the U.S.
Healthcare is the single largest industry in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field of medical assistants, and job opportunities for those with a medical assistant diploma, is expected to grow by 35% from 2006 to 2016, making it one of the fastest growing fields in the nation. As the life expectancy of Americans rises, the overall need for healthcare professionals will also increase and those with medical assistant training will be in high-demand.

Enrolling in Medical Assistant Courses and Earning a Medical Assistant Diploma
The cutting-edge world of medicine and science is becoming increasingly complex with each discovery. Medical assistant training and a medical assistant diploma can help you better understand the medical world and may be the edge you need to stand out as an applicant for medical assistant positions. Classroom and hands-on experience in a supervised externship at Sanford-Brown College-Collinsville (SBC) will train you in key areas for medical assistants including:

  • Medical practice
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Medical communications
  • Medical records and insurance
  • Patient preparation
  • Laboratory procedures and tests

If you're interested in learning more about the exciting medical assistant courses and the Medical Assistant Diploma program at Sanford-Brown College-Collinsville (SBC), click here.

Sanford-Brown College - Collinsville is close to many locations:
Alton, IL - approximately 21.6 miles
Edwardsville, IL - approximately 12 miles
Granite City, IL - approximately 8.4 miles
Madison, IL - approximately 11.2 miles

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos164.htm (visited February 06, 2009).

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