Medical Assisting - A Career With High Demand

Are you thinking about becoming a medical assistant? If so, you’ve picked a field that is not only in high demand but one that will continue to increase in demand well into the future. As one of the fastest growing careers, the medical assistant field is expected to add thousands of new jobs over the next few years. Medical assistants perform a variety of tasks including drawing blood, scheduling appointments, taking vital signs, managing medical records, and much more, and with an aging population, more people will need their healthcare needs met in the years to come. Are you interested in learning  more? Keep reading....

1. Different Ways to Become a Medical Assistant

Becoming a medical assistant starts with the right training. One path you can take is on-the-job training, where you immediately get a job in the field and learn while you’re working. Sometimes the only requirement for on-the-job training is a high school diploma or GED. You can become a certified medical assistant by going through a program that prepares you to take a certification exam. Sumner College offers a certification program to get you ready to work. Another option is getting your associate degree. You may be wondering, how long does it take to become a medical assistant? The Sumner College certification program takes 7 1/2 months to complete.

2. The Certification Process

To become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), you’ll need to take the CCMA exam. To properly prepare for it, you can take practice exams which give you a good sense of what the real exam will be like. Your training program should have plenty of resources, graduate support, and handbook material to help you prepare for the exam. You would also benefit from enrolling in a program that provides a clinical externship, giving you valuable hands-on experience.

3. The Job Search

Once you pass the exam, you’re ready to start working as a medical assistant. All that’s left is to begin your job search. A successful job search starts with crafting a well-made resume and cover letter. Make sure your qualifications and skills stand out so you make a positive first impression on prospective employers. You’ll also need to do well in the job interview, so you should learn about what questions employers are most likely to ask (your program instructors can help you with this). Going into a job interview well prepared will help you be poised and confident as you answer questions and demonstrate your knowledge—useful traits for a medical assistant.

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