If you would like to work in the medical field but you don’t have the years and financial resources it takes to become a doctor, consider pursuing a medical assistant degree at Daymar College.
Medical Assistants Are In Demand
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical assisting field is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations – by 29% percent - for a variety of reasons that include:
▸ A surge in the number of physician’s offices and outpatient clinics
▸ Technological advances in medicine
▸ An aging population that requires more care
Medical Assistants Perform A Variety Of Tasks
If you decide to pursue a medical assistant degree at Daymar College, it is a career that is interesting and engaging because medical assistants perform varied clinical tasks that include:
▸ Taking medical histories
▸ Explaining medical procedures to patients
▸ Preparing patients for exams
▸ Assisting physicians with exams
▸ Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
▸ Drawing blood
▸ Removing sutures and changing dressings
▸ Taking electrocardiograms
Some medical assistants specialize in fields like podiatry and ophthalmology, which means they can expect to have additional duties. In the case of podiatry assistants, they make foot casts, expose x-rays and assist the podiatrist in surgery. For medical assistants who specialize in ophthalmology, they will have an opportunity to perform vision tests, administer eye medications and maintain optical and surgical equipment.
Most medical assistants also perform a number of administrative tasks like answering phones, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, coding and filling out insurance forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory procedures and handling correspondence and billing paperwork.
The Right Training Helps Pursue Jobs in the Medical Assisting Field
Although there are some instances where medical assistants learn their job while they’re doing it, for the most part, employers want medical assistants with formal training from a college or university. Formally-trained students at Daymar College have an opportunity to learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, medical office and exam room administration and procedures, medical law and ethics as well as learning laboratory procedures.
A medical assistant degree at Daymar College provides training and opportunity to develop skills to assist with your goal of pursuing a career in the medical field. To find out more, visit our Medical Assisting program page. You can also call us at (877) 258-7796 to have information sent to your home.