What Could You Do With a Medical Assistant Diploma?
The title of “Medical Assistant” covers a vast area of skills and knowledge. Medical Assistants are capable of performing many tasks and assisting medical professionals in many ways throughout their careers. Who could they assist? Where will they find employment opportunities? What is their career path like? Medical assisting opportunities continue to grow in popularity in recent years due to the projected increase in the demand for medical services over the next 10-20 years. Here are just a few examples of how you could use your Medical Assistant Diploma to shape your career.
If you would like to learn more about how to become a Medical Assistant, visit our blog that goes over each step!
Where Could I Work?
One of the big questions potential Medical Assistants ask is, “where could I work after I’ve completed my program?” The short answer is that for many medical specialties throughout the country, there is also a need for medical assistants to assist doctors, nurses, and technicians. Here’s a list of popular places for medical assistants to work, just to name a few:
- Physician offices
- Chiropractor offices
- Urgent care facilities
- Outpatient facilities
- Insurance companies
- Many more
Whether you prefer to be in the thick of the action in a major hospital or clinic, or prefer the slower pace of an insurance company, you could find a place to call home as a Medical Assistant.
How Could I Advance My Career?
Many students wonder how to develop their career beyond becoming an entry-level Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Entry-level positions are a great way to get fundamental experience that can help to shape your career throughout the rest of your life, and that’s just a step on the journey. Many Medical Assistants choose to remain a medical assistant, and find it a fulfilling job, while others use it as a stepping stone and go on to complete additional courses as their career goals change. As you develop your CMA/RMA skills and other soft skills, you can explore advancement opportunities in some of the following roles:
- Team lead
- Healthcare administration
- Records manager
- Transcription supervisor
- Executive secretary
- Office manager
- Medical assistant instructor
- And more
The fantastic thing about a career in medical assisting is that the field is wide open for you to build your expertise in the way that suits you best. Do you crave to lift others up and teacher others what you’ve learned? You could become a medical assistant instructor. Do you want to lead and supervise the success of a team of medical assistants? You could become a team lead. The options are out there for you to pursue and explore for yourself.
What Areas of Specialty Could I Learn?
Employers commonly look for Medical Assistants that have experience in a field relevant to the position they are trying to fill. For example, if an employer is trying to find an assistant for the Podiatry department in their hospital, they would be more likely to consider a candidate with experience or a passion for Podiatry. You could find a field that you love, and target it to become a specialist. Here are a few common fields in which Medical Assistants choose to specialize:
- Orthopedics – bones, muscles
- Podiatry – feet
- Cardiology – cardiovascular system
- Pediatrics – children
- Urology – urinary system
- And more
Begin Your New Career With PCI
Finding a career with flexibility and freedom can be challenging, but at PCI we can help that dream become a reality for you. Our Medical Assistant diploma program is designed to provide the education you need in less time so that you can start working sooner. Our Medical Assistant Program Director, Ms. Sherri Steele, has worked hard to help her students be ready to jump into their careers head-first. Reach out to us to learn more about what you could learn in our program today!