Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy

Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy

23%*

Projected Job Growth
2014-2024

If you are thinking about career training in health care, consider our Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy training program. Aging populations, along with the transition to electronic health records, are just two of the factors that are driving the growth in this career field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry is projected to see an increase in the demand for qualified medical staff, including medical assistants and phlebotomists.

As a medical assistant or phlebotomist, you can become an important part of a health care team. Your responsibilities could include patient records management, medical laboratory procedures, CPR, scheduling patient appointments and measuring vital signs. With Platt College’s Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy training program, you can learn these skills and be ready to enter this exciting career field.

What are the roles and duties of a medical assistant?

The roles and duties of a medical assistant may depend on the practice or hospital you work for, however in general they fall under two categories: clerical and clinical. 
 
On the clerical end, your responsibilities might include scheduling patient appointments; writing down medical histories; taking a patient’s height, weight, and symptoms; and preparing the patient before the doctor’s examination.
 
Clinically, a medical assistant might prepare patients for x-rays, sterilize medical instruments, dispose of contaminated supplies, change dressings, give shots, and prepare bloodwork for the lab. Specifically, a phlebotomist is a clinical medical assistant who specializes in drawing blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, donations, research, or transfusions.
 
In addition to clerical and clinical work, medical assistants interact directly with patients, therefore proper bedside manner is essential. Going to the doctor can trigger anxiety for some people, so medical assistants are expected to ensure a positive environment for patients.

Why should I become a medical assistant?

If you enjoy caring for others and are looking for a career that is growing, medical assisting could be the right choice for you. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the medical assistant field to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

This Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy training program can be a great fit for students who want to work in the health care field without spending years in school. Also, as a medical assistant, you can have the opportunity to get started in the health care industry, and if you are working alongside other health care positions, you could use this position as a stepping-stone to other great health care career opportunities.
*http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-6

Moreover, the medical industry is ever-changing. With new technology and advances in science and research, the medical field has never been more exciting. That means your career as a medical assistant will not remain stagnant; there will always be more to learn, making your job fun and interesting. 
 
Lastly, being a medical assistant is a rewarding career. Medical assistants are an integral part of a medical team and our graduates take pride in having the ability to care for patients on a daily basis.

Where do medical assistants work?

Typically, medical assistants can be found in private physicians’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, minor emergency centers and other health care facilities. If your workplace is a hospital or emergency center, you can expect a fast-paced environment that requires ample amount of staffing. At the beginning of your career, expect to have flexible hours including night shifts, weekends, and holidays until you move up in seniority.

The pace at nursing homes is somewhat slower than hospitals and emergency rooms, however demand for medical assistants is high as senior living becomes a popular option across the country. Lastly, clinics and practices provide preventative or specialized care and rely on medical assistants to keep the practices running smoothly with both clerical and clinical duties.
 
Whether you’re a medical assistant or phlebotomist, and no matter the work setting, you can have the opportunity to work with doctors and nurses to ensure a high level of medical care.

How much do medical assistants earn?

According to the latest survey  by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants earn a median salary of $31,540 per year.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-5

What are the roles and duties of a phlebotomist?

The main duty of a phlebotomist is to perform skin punctures and collect blood samples. Skin punctures include venipunctures, which is drawing blood from the veins, or arterial punctures, which is drawing blood from the arteries. Depending on the state, an individual might need a different certification to perform each different puncture. 

Other duties of a Phlebotomist include identifying and labeling tubes, delivering specimens to the laboratory, placing orders, and explaining post puncture care to the patient. Administrative work, such as entering patient information into databases, is required, as well as verifying with patients that their information is correct before labeling test tubes. 

Many people are afraid of needles or don’t like seeing blood, so an important role of a phlebotomist is making sure the patient is comfortable. You must be alert and ready to take action should your patient faint or panic while drawing their blood. 

Why should I study phlebotomy?

Many health professionals seek their certification in phlebotomy to expand their skills. As a phlebotomist, you make yourself a versatile candidate for job positions in addition to a medical assistant, thus expanding your career options. Phlebotomists are qualified to work beyond medical practices including blood banks, insurance companies, laboratories and nursing homes.

In addition to career opportunities, the demand for phlebotomists is on the rise. Due to the nature of blood analysis as an essential function in diagnosing and studying disease, the career of a phlebotomist is quite stable. According to the latest the latest survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

*https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm#tab-6

Lastly, being a phlebotomist is a rewarding job that allows you to help and care for patients. Blood is the source of life and DNA. It is essential for diagnosing and treating disease. As a phlebotomist, you are an extremely important part of the medical team. 

How much do phlebotomists earn?

According to the latest survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists earn a median salary of $32,710 per year with the highest 10 percent earning more than $46,850. The majority work full time and those that work at medical centers often work some nights and weekends.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm#tab-5

More questions?

Contact us today and we can answer any questions you have about our Medical Assistant programs in Oklahoma

We know that a career decision is important, and we are committed to making sure you have all of the information you need to make a career training decision that is right for you.

Platt College offers Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy training programs at these Oklahoma locations:

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Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at Platt College is available at http://www.plattcolleges.edu/content/program-disclosures.

Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.