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Medical Assisting Program
Medical Assistants provide care and comfort to people with healthcare needs. They're good at multi-tasking and work well as a part of a team. If the following qualities describe you, Medical Assisting might be a good career choice:
- Caring and compassionate
- Good communicator
- Detail oriented
- Team player
- Enjoy a challenge
Medical Assisting: What's the job outlook?
The demand for healthcare professionals, such as medical assistants, is at an all-time high. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012.*
What will I do with my education?
Graduates of Heald's Medical Assisting program pursue rewarding careers in a variety of settings, including family and internal medicine clinics, pain centers, and a wide array of specialty areas, including outpatient surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, cosmetic surgery, chiropractic, optometry and podiatry practices.
Medical Assisting Job Duties
Medical Assistants typically perform both clinical and administrative tasks. While clinical duties vary according to state law, medical assistants generally write medical histories, record vital signs, prepare patients for examinations or lab tests, and assist physicians with examinations. They also perform basic tests on the premises, draw blood, administer injections, remove sutures and change dressings using infection control and universal precautions.
Medical Assistants also update and file patient records, handle insurance forms, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admissions and lab services and assist with billing.
A Heald degree can help you qualify for positions ranging from Clinical Medical Assistant and Lab Assistant to Patient Services Representative.
You'll get more than career training at Heald. You'll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job. If you choose, this program also prepares you to pursue the following future educational options:
- Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting
- Diploma in Medical Assisting
This is a general overview for this program. For details, please refer to our academic catalog.*Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.