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Is a Medical Assistant Career Right for Me?

Published: January 8, 2018 | Updated: September 8, 2020
 

If you’ve always dreamed of a career helping others, there’s no better place to look than the healthcare industry. After all, doctors and nurses actually save lives! Talk about helping others. But they don’t perform those lifesaving miracles all by themselves. They have a whole healthcare team behind them, helping them work their medical magic. And among those dedicated professionals are medical assistants.

Medical assistants play a crucial role in the office, both with doctors and patients. Are you up to the task? Find out if medical assisting is right for you.

Medical Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

As a medical assistant, you have a broad scope of practice. You might work directly with patients during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from injuries and illnesses. Or you might spend the majority of your time making sure patients receive the health benefits they deserve and keeping medical offices running smoothly. Medical assistants may perform both clinical and administrative tasks in clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare and rehabilitation centers. Which role would you like best?

Medical Assisting Training Requirements

Given those responsibilities, you need the right training to be a medical assistant. Start with a medical assistant training program, in which you take advantage of in-class and hands-on learning opportunities. From there, you’re ready to gain real-world experience through a medical assistant externship.

In states like Washington, you have to solidify your skills and experiences with a medical assistant license.

Download our Guide to Find Out If You're Ready for Medical Assisting

If you’re not sure if medical assisting is right for you, download our handy and informative Medical Assistant Guide: What You Need to Know. Discover whether or not this could be the career for you.

Whether you’re already training to become a medical assistant, have just started out in your medical assisting career, or are just curious about the profession, this guide can answer some common questions. Learn about:

  • Qualities you’ll need to have
  • Skills you’ll need to develop
  • Clinical and administrative responsibilities you might have
  • Regulations you’ll need to follow
  • State Legislation that could affect your job
  • And more!

 

At Charter College, you could complete our Medical Assistant program in as little as 10 months. In addition to in-depth and hands-on training offered by skilled professionals from the healthcare industry, you’ll also participate in a 180 hour externship for some real-world experience.

We offer our medical assisting program at our campuses in Alaska, California, New Mexico, Montana, and Washington.