Medical Assistant Courses: Start a New Career in the Fast Growing Healthcare Field!
Do you love helping others? Do you want to enter an ever-growing industry knowing that your skills will always be in demand? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then Tucson College’s Medical Assistant program is right for you.
A Medical Assistant is someone who works with doctors to complete a wide range of tasks. Depending on your interests, and where you find a job, you could find yourself doing “clinical” jobs like measuring blood pressure and taking temperatures. Or, you may find yourself engaged with more administrative tasks like taking care of patient records, scheduling appointments, and making sure patient bills are paid. Upon completing our Medical Assistant training program, you will be prepared to enter the healthcare field and work in a wide variety of positions. Our Medical Assistant program will teach you how to provide effective and efficient medical care as well as introduce you to the software most often used in hospitals and small medical practices. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to explore specially designed externships for medical assistant students.
Due to a more health conscious population, physicians will need more medical assistants to help cover routine duties and care for more patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for Medical Assistants will increase by an astonishing 29% by 2022.*
Below you will find just a sampling of the diverse jobs you can pursue upon completing the program:
- Ophthalmic Assistant
At the center of any Ophthalmologist practice is a qualified Ophthalmic Assistant. Using their specific knowledge of medical terminology and eye care procedures, these staff members assist in providing eye exams, eye medications and advice on the care and maintenance of contact lenses.
- Medical Office Assistant
Medical Office Assistants help plan, implement and coordinate medical and healthcare services. Their responsibilities also include tracking changes in healthcare laws and regulations, and keeping doctors informed of important healthcare legislation.
- Medical Secretary
Medical Secretaries perform secretarial duties at hospitals, clinics, and offices, using specific knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory procedures. Responsibilities include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
These careers are ideal for those who are interested in helping others and challenging themselves on a daily basis. In this field, it’s valuable to:
- Be well organized and readily adaptable to changing conditions
- Enjoy interacting with individuals
- Communicate well with others
- Have strong problem solving abilities
How Tucson College Will Prepare You For Your New Career
In the Medical Assistant program, you will receive classroom instruction and hands-on training. You will learn:
- Medical terminology and concepts - How body systems such as the endocrine, nervous, skeletal, and respiratory systems function and the associated terminology will be thoroughly covered. Examination techniques and how to use relevant equipment will also be taught.
- Regulations and legal requirements - You will learn about HIPAA laws, as well as legal matters often faced by Medical Assistants and practices.
- Office duties - Valuable skills including basic accounting, receptionist responsibilities, and documentation methods will be taught to help you learn how to keep a medical office running. For more information on specific courses see our Course Catalog.
Our program will prepare you for an entry-level position as a Medical Assistant. You will also be eligible to take examinations that can lead to additional certifications or registration in the medical field upon completion of the Medical Assistant program.
After you have completed our Medical Assistant training program, not only will you have the medical assistant qualifications you need to start a new career, but you will also have access to our Career Services, which will help you find a job in line with your career goals. Our Career Services team will provide you with job leads, résumé updates, mock interviews, and more, for the duration of your career.
Our Admissions Representatives will help you start your Medical Assistant courses so you can begin a new career as a Medical Assistant. Give them a call at 888.882.2586 to discuss your career plans, or request more information on our career training.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited April 21, 2015).