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In every medical office there are certain people who keep things running smoothly, even when the doctors or nurses are busy. That person is often the medical assistant, and medical offices of all kinds rely on them.

As a medical assistant, what you’ll do from day to day depends on the type of office you’re working in (physician, optometrist, podiatrist, etc.). But the list can include:

  • Assisting patients
  • Taking x-rays
  • Drawing blood and taking blood pressure
  • Bookkeeping and appointments
  • Sterilizing medical equipment

Because they need to be so versatile, a good medical assistant is highly valued by doctors and nurses alike. And because every day can bring a new challenge, the job is never boring. Some medical assistant jobs require licensing, and almost all require education, like hands-on training from Everest.

You can choose from a variety of programs and specialties to put you on the right path to a rewarding career. Learn more about the medical assistant program at Everest here.

So you’re ready to buy your first scrubs? Congratulations! But before you spend precious dollars on your new uniform, you might want to keep a few things in mind:

  •  Double-check the color you need. Some offices or hospitals require different departments to wear a certain color. Check which color you’ll need before you go shopping.
  • Buy for comfort. Trust us, everybody looks good in scrubs. The more important thing is that they fit right. So when trying on scrubs, be sure to bend over and stretch to make sure they aren’t uncomfortable.
  • Shop around. Go to at least two different stores to compare styles and prices, and don’t forget to shop online to find the best deal on what you want.

Remember to hem the pants if they’re too long and always keep your scrubs clean. You’re a professional now, and you should look the part!

News & World Report just put out its “50 Best Jobs for 2012,” and guess what made #4 on that list? That’s right, medical assistant.

Smart people to support doctors and nurses are in demand, with experts saying that the field will add more than 160,000 jobs by 2020. In fact, expected growth and future job prospects combined for the biggest factor in making the top-50 list. What moved medical assistant near the top are good pay and higher job satisfaction based on surveys of actual medical assistants.

If you’re thinking of a career as a medical assistant, Everest can help with hands-on training by people who work in the industry. Learn more about medical assistant training from Everest.

A typical school day for medical assistant students means practicing for a real job.

Office Work

Patients need to fill out necessary forms when they arrive and before leaving a medical office. You’ll get to practice office procedures with others in your classroom.

Telephone Calls

When the telephone rings in the office, there may be a need to schedule an appointment or gather patient information. Classroom instructors can help you get comfortable with receiving and making telephone calls.

Caring for Patients

Medical assistants often assist patients by taking temperatures and blood pressures, or talking to patients about their symptoms. Learning to care for patients is part of the training students receive each school day.

As you can imagine, there are many things medical assistants can do during a real working day. Contact us today and learn more about training and what a typical school day is like for medical assistant students.

If you’re a medical assistant with the right qualifications, you may find yourself working in a variety of settings including medical centers, medical offices or clinics assisting doctors, performing administrative or clerical work.

Clerical duties may require answering phones, handling mail, communicating with patients, and filing patient information and data entry. Administrative duties may entail scheduling patients for medical procedures, taking blood pressure and assisting other health care professionals.

Medical Assistant Duties

What a medical assistant does may also depend on their qualifications along with the needs of the medical practice they’re employed by. State laws are a benchmark for determining the degree of education required for medical assistants to perform specific tasks.

Licensing may also be a factor in determining what medical assistants may eventually earn. Certified medical assistants, as a result of skills and training, may be able to earn higher salaries than those without the certification.

CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2010) – Everest College is expanding in the Chicago area with the addition of a campus in southwest suburban Bedford Park. The new school, designed to help meet the growing demand for hands-on, career-focused education, is the seventh Everest campus in the Chicago metropolitan area.

“Based on the growing enrollment at our other local schools, it’s apparent the Chicago market for career training is underserved, especially in the face of the high unemployment rate and funding cutbacks at public post-secondary institutions,” said Sean Quinn, regional vice president of operations for Everest College. “We look forward to bringing more educational opportunities to Chicago and suburban residents who seek new skills and careers to better compete in this tough job market.”

The 40,814-square-foot campus facility in Bedford Park will be located less than two miles south of Midway Airport at 7414 S. Cicero Ave., across from the Ford City Mall. The campus opens for visitors Dec. 6, and classes officially begin Jan. 26 with a projected enrollment of 1,000 students.

Everest College – Bedford Park will offer a variety of programs for full-time and part-time students, including dental assistant, medical assistant, and medical billing and coding.

Classes are conducted during the day, evenings, and on weekends to make it convenient for students who are currently employed or have other needs for a flexible schedule, according to Quinn. The campus is located near public transportation corridors for easy accessibility.

The new school also creates jobs, already bringing approximately 45 faculty and other staff to the area.

Everest College’s six other Chicago-area campuses are located in Burr Ridge, Chicago, Merrionette Park, North Aurora, Skokie and Merrillville, Ind.

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About Everest College

Everest College provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in healthcare, criminal justice, skilled trades, business and paralegal. Everest has 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu. News media may contact Tim Young or Alyssa Templeton, L.C. Williams & Associates (for Everest College), 312-565-3900 or 800-837-7123.

Campus Brings New Education Option to Prospective Students

MILWAUKEE – October 14, 2010 – Everest College in Milwaukee will open the doors of the new 44,000 square foot campus in Milwaukee’s Park East Corridor on Monday, October 18. Construction of the new campus, which can accommodate up to 1,000 students, began in April and was completed in September of this year.

Everest provides short-term diploma programs allowing students to receive concentrated training in a particular field, in a short time span. The average program lasts 8 to 10 months making higher education and job training accessible to more adult students.

“Everest College offers quality diploma programs that provide small class sizes and personalized attention to each and every student,” explained Mark Sullivan, president of the Milwaukee campus. “We are dedicated to making higher education and job training accessible to students, regardless of circumstance, in a supportive and empowering environment.”

This fall, Everest is offering a variety of diploma programs including dental and medical assistant, pharmacy technician, massage therapist, medical billing and coding and medical administrative assistant. Everest’s only campus in Wisconsin plans to expand its programs in coming semesters and focuses on helping students overcome barriers to education by providing flexible scheduling options, access to child care and transportation, and ongoing career placement assistance.

“Our mission is to provide an opportunity for career advancement for those who are most in need,” said Sullivan. “Everest is looking forward to the opportunity to help strengthen the educational profile of the City of Milwaukee, and help those pursuing higher education with better career options.”

The new campus has employed 40 new faculty and staff positions. As enrollment increases, Everest plans to add 20 additional positions within in the first year. The new campus will feature interactive classroom technology such as Wi-Fi, laptops and SMART boards, as well as, dental and medical labs, a massage therapy studio, a pharmacy, computer labs, a library and more.

About Everest College

The Everest College – Milwaukee campus is located at 1311 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Everest Colleges provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Programs vary by campus. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, please contact Ale Owens at (414) 390-5500 or visit www.Everest.edu.


Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.

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