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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.

Health Care Career Training Programs Address Community Needs

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 16, 2010) – With the demand for medical administrative assistants expected to increase 16 percent and dental assistants expected to increase 36 percent over the next 10 years, both of these health care specialties are projected to have large numbers of job openings, according to the Bureau and Labor Statistics*. To meet that demand, Everest College’s new Fort Worth South campus has added two health care programs — Medical Administrative Assistant and Dental Assistant.

The medical administrative assistant program is eight months long and includes study on medical office administrative procedures, accounting functions essential to a medical environment, patient record set up and maintenance, filing and record keeping, basic coding with CPT and ICD-9 codes, preparation and processing insurance claims, dictation and transcription, correspondence and mail processing, and computerized practice management.

The Medical Administrative Assistant program includes coursework on the following:

  • Office Finance
  • Patient Processing and Assisting
  • Medical Insurance
  • Insurance Plans and Collections
  • Office Procedures
  • Patient Care and Computerized Practice Management
  • Dental Administrative Procedures

The dental assistant training is eight months long and includes laboratory experience, which entails hands-on simulations to help students learn actual working conditions. The program includes instruction on dental radiography, dental sciences, operatory dentistry, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy, orthodontics, and dental health, as well as a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. After students complete all coursework and lab work, they must complete 160 hours of unpaid in-service in a dental office.

The dental assistant courses prepare students through:

  1. Dental office emergencies and compliance
  2. Dental radiography
  3. Dental specialties
  4. Operatory dentistry
  5. Laboratory procedures
  6. Dental anatomy and orthodontics
  7. Dental health

‘The medical and dental fields continue to experience steady growth and provide solid career opportunities,” said Marilyn Drew-Long, Everest Fort Worth South campus president. “Our graduates will fill needed roles, and more importantly, strengthen our community as a whole.”

About Everest

Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America and provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, legal and information technology. In addition to Dental Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant programs, Everest College, Fort Worth South campus, located at La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth, 4200 South Freeway, Suite 1940, Ft. Worth, TX 76115, also offers Medical Assistant and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. Everest has nine Texas locations in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and more than 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Programs vary by campus. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu. Media may contact Karen Kalil, AVP, Public Relations for Everest: (714) 825-7789 for interviews.

* Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations – Dental Assistants and Medical and Health Services Managers sections of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

HOUSTON (April 23, 2010) – Everest Institute‘s Houston Hobby campus now offers career training for dental assistants. Projections indicate that the need for dental assistants will grow 36 percent over the next 10 years making it among the fastest growing occupations.* The campus is now enrolling students for this new program.

“There is ample need for dental assistants in our local communities,” said Everest‘s Houston Hobby campus president, Adebola Hamed. “Our dental assisting graduates will fill a vital need for employers, including dental offices, dental supply houses/manufacturers, dental hospitals, dental laboratories, insurance companies and the dental department of military bases.”

Dental assistant training is eight months long and includes the study of general dentistry, dental office emergencies, dental radiography, dental specialties, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy, front office procedures and an off-site dental externship.

Graduates of the program are qualified to handle a diverse array of responsibilities in the delivery of dental care, which include chairside assisting methods, patient procedures and related office and laboratory duties.

About Everest Institute’s Houston Hobby Campus

Everest Institute – Houston Hobby campus serves the Houston, Texas area and is located at 7151 Office City Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77087. In addition to dental assistant training, the campus offers health care programs in medical assisting, medical administrative assistant and medical insurance billing and coding.

About Everest

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, legal, and information technology. Everest has eight campuses throughout Texas – Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. 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, visit http://www.Everest.edu.

* Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations – Dental Assistants section of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market data and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

** Programs may vary by campus.

Residents In and Near Columbus Can Now Train to Become Dental Assistants

GAHANNA, Ohio (January 19, 2009) – Everest Institute – Gahanna is now training students to compete for careers as dental assistants and are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations from 2008 to 2018, a growth of 36 percent.* To keep pace with steady demand in the industry, Everest Institute at Gahanna has added a new dental assisting program to its curriculum and is now enrolling students. The new program complements three health care programs presently offered at the Gahanna campus.

Population growth and a greater retention rate of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people will be among the factors fueling demand for dental services.

“With the increased demand for trained health care professionals, our new Dental Assisting Program is an important addition and can provide trained dental assistants to the health care community,” said Gahanna campus president Martin Ehrenberg.

Everest Institute – Gahanna’s new Dental Assisting Program can be completed in less than a year, and provides an interactive hands-on learning environment, which includes real-world work place simulations. Dental assistant training includes a study of dental office emergencies, dental radiography, dental specialties, operatory dentistry, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy and orthodontics, and an externship.

Students enrolled in Everest’s new Dental Assisting Program can develop the skills to handle a diverse array of responsibilities in the delivery of dental care, which can include chair side assisting methods, patient procedures and related office and laboratory duties. Everest training can also help students develop life skills that can be leveraged over a lifetime.

Program graduates of Everest’s Dental Assisting program are qualified to seek entry-level employment with dental offices, dental manufacturers, dental laboratories and insurance companies.

Additional programs offered at the Gahanna campus include medical assisting, medical insurance billing and coding and pharmacy technician.

About Everest

Everest Institute – Gahanna, serving the Columbus, Ohio area, is located at 825 Tech Center Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230 and is one of 100 schools owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. throughout North America. Everest Institute provides popular in-demand career-oriented diploma and degree programs** in the fields of criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, information technology and health care. Learn more about vocational training programs at Everest.

* The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that from 2008 to 2018, employment opportunities for dental assistants is expected to grow 36 percent. Your local market data likely differs from these statistics. Individual efforts, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors may impact employment opportunities and pay.
** Programs may 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.

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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