Now is a great time to start your medical assistant training! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is projected to see an increase in the demand for qualified medical staff, including Medical Assistants, due to an industry-wide shift to electronic health records and the nation’s aging population.
Training to Become a Medical Assistant
Our Medical Assisting program offers a unique mix of both class and lab work, in addition to an externship where students spend at least 200 hours honing their skills in a real work environment.
Our classes are designed to prepare students for a number of medical assisting skills and tasks, including:
- Professionalism in the medical office environment
- Medical Office Management
- Billing and Collections
- Insurance coding
- Oral and Written Communications
- Career Planning
As part of their program, students will also learn about a number of bodily systems, such as:
- Fundamentals of Body Structure and Muscular System
- Nervous System, Senses, Integumentary, and Skeletal Systems
- Respiratory and Circulatory Systems
- Reproductive Systems
- Immune System
Programs vary by location.
What Does a Medical Assistant Do?
Medical assistants play a unique role, as they’re required to perform both clerical and clinical work. Keep in mind that medical assistant duties may differ depending on the location and workplace.
Medical assistants can help office managers make the office run smoothly. They assist with scheduling appointments, managing electronic medical records, assisting patients with insurance claims, billing, etc., and they may often perform these tasks alongside other clinical duties.
In a clinical setting, a medical assistant’s duties can include taking vitals, giving shots, sterilizing instruments, changing wound dressings, and preparing bloodwork for the lab. Each medical practice maintains different specifications of what each employee may perform, so this is not necessarily an exhaustive list.
Both responsibilities, clerical and clinical, require medical assistants to interact with patients; therefore, proper bedside manner is expected. For some, visiting the doctor or hospital is an anxiety-inducing experience, so creating a positive, relaxing environment is important.
Medical Assisting Professional Training
Because the State of Texas does not require medical assistant qualifications, STVT’s Medical Assisting diploma program is intended for persons who desire a career in a medical office. While every employer is different, training can often be a unique selling point to list on one’s resume.
Students must possess a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent.
Is Medical Assisting a Good Career For Me?
Medical assisting can be a rewarding profession, as workers in the field directly contribute to the care and wellbeing of patients. If you enjoy helping people when they need it most, this could be the career for you!
Medical assistants often need to exercise excellent communication skills, remaining nonjudgmental and empathetic while finding out the answers to complicated, sensitive questions. They often need to mix team tasks with individual work over the course of a day, while maintaining patient care and safety. As part of our medical assistant coursework, STVT focuses on these and other skills common in a medical workplace.
How Much Money Do Medical Assistants Make?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistants earn a median salary of $33,610. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $47,250.*
Medical Assistant Career Outlook
Remember that industry growth we mentioned? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the medical assistant field to grow 23% from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.*
You’ll also be entering a career that can allow you to see how the rest of the medical field works. So, if you ever decide to move to a new position, you’ll have first-hand knowledge of the positions that interest you most.
Where Can Medical Assistants Work?
Typically, Medical Assistants can be found in private physicians’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, minor emergency centers and other healthcare facilities. While much of the particular work may vary depending on the facility, STVT’s program teaches students a broad set of skills that sets them up for success no matter where they decide to work.
Do You Have Other Questions?
If you are searching for medical assistant classes in Texas, contact us today and we can answer any questions you have about our medical assisting programs. We know that a decision to attend STVT is an important step in your personal and professional life, and we are committed to making sure that you have all of the information you need to make a career training decision that’s right for you.
STVT’s South Texas Medical Assisting Program Locations
Each of our South Texas medical assisting schools provides access to industry-experienced instructors and hands-on labs focused on providing students with the experience to do their best.
Programs vary by location.
Apply to STVT Today!
Find out more about our programs and how they could be right for you. A member of our admissions team will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the program you’ve been looking for. Take the first step by reaching out to STVT today!