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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.

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If you’re thinking about becoming a medical assistant, the outlook is promising for positions that may become available in this decade. Many employers prefer to hire trained medical assistants. Hands-on training in the classroom includes clinical procedures, pharmacology, lab procedures and more.

•    Job growth looks promising between 2008 and 2018*
•    62 percent of medical assistants work in a physician’s office
•    Some medical assistants train on the job, while others enroll in a one- or two-year program

Other health care facilities that hire medical assistants include outpatient care centers, colleges, professional schools and surgical hospitals. Medical assistant training could be just what you need to get your career moving.

Your local market data likely differs from these statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

* http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos164.htm

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.

Medical assistant training at any school is meant to provide hands-on training that challenges each student to get involved.

Patricia Lucarelli - Medical Assistant Student Saves Life

Patricia Lucarelli - Medical Assistant Student Saves Life

While medical assistant program coursework is designed to give students the skills and knowledge that enables them to compete for entry-level work on day one of graduation, few students imagine experiencing an event that grants them the opportunity to save a life.

For Patricia Lucarelli, an Everest College medical assistant student at the Portland campus, this became a reality when she was able to use her training to save the life of another.

Instincts and Training Saved the Day

Lucarelli was walking along a city boulevard with her fiancé and another friend when they suddenly noticed a group of people huddled around a man lying unconscious on the ground.

“They (crowd) were in shock, so no one was doing anything,” says Lucarelli.

Her instincts and training immediately kicked in. Checking for signs of life, she realized the man on the ground was still warm even though there was no pulse. The pupils of his eyes were mere pinpoints. Checking his air passage, the Everest medical assistant student began compressions and coached her friend on how and when to breathe into his lungs in the hopes he might regain consciousness.

Soon, there were a few gasps. Checking his pulse again, Lucarelli felt the signs of a faint heartbeat. She continued administering life-saving compressions until the paramedics arrived.

“Later, the paramedics told [him] that he was legally dead and through our quick action, we saved his life,” according to Lucarelli. “I wish I could see [him] standing, talking and walking, but most of all, just to see his bright blue eyes with life in them. What a feeling!”

Her Fast Response Saved a Life

Not every student will experience such a life-changing event. However, Lucarelli received industry-specific training at Everest College in Portland that prepared her to put her skills into rapid action. Her courses included the study of basic medical office practice, anatomy and physiology, medical transcription, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, and more.

Interested in learning more about medical assistant training at Everest College?

Contact us today. Programs and schedules vary by campus.


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.

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*Programs vary by campus.

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