If you are thinking about a career in the healthcare industry and you enjoy helping people, consider the Medical Assisting program at Platt College. The healthcare industry is ever-changing and the Medical Assistant is an important part of the healthcare team.
Electronic health records and an aging population are just two of the factors that are driving the growth of Medical Assisting. As a Medical Assistant, you could have a day filled with a variety of tasks, such as:
- Patient records management
- Medical laboratory procedures
- Scheduling appointments
- Measuring vital signs
- Helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career in Medical Assisting.
Training to Become a Medical Assistant
Our Medical Assisting program can prepare you for an entry-level job as a Medical Assistant at doctors’ offices, hospitals, emergency centers and nursing homes. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take in our Medical Assisting program include:
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Law and Ethics
- General Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Office Procedures
- Electronic Medical Records
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used in Medical Assisting and the healthcare industry. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Blood pressure meter
- Exam tables and lights
- EKG and hemoglobin machines
- Various medical supplies such as gowns, masks, cotton swabs, tongue depressors and more
Our Medical Assisting program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does a Medical Assistant Do?
Medical Assistants are a very important part of the doctor’s team, supporting both the administration of the office and engaging in clinical duties. While the role of a Medical Assistant can vary by state and the office they work in, the role requires you to possess both interpersonal and technical skills. Medical Assistant duties can be broken into three categories – clerical duties, clinical duties, and bedside manner.
- Schedule and confirm appointments
- Make appointment reminder calls
- Assist patients with billing and payments
- Answer the telephone
- Order medical supplies
- Maintain patient records
- Manage the list of insurance payers
- Produce claims and statements
- Generate required office reports
You may work with the office manager on a daily basis to ensure the administrative functions of the medical office remain up-to-date. You may also be required to use Practice Management Software (PMS) to help keep the office running efficiently.
- Prepare patients for x-rays or other procedures
- Sterilize medical instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies
- Change dressings
- Give shots
- Draw blood and prepare bloodwork for the lab
By providing assistance to the doctor, the Medical Assistant ensures that the patient receives the best healthcare possible. You provide support to the doctor by handling routine tasks, leaving them available to examine other patients.
Sometimes patients visiting the doctor are nervous or feel poorly. Providing proper bedside manners help them relax. You will provide them with a positive, comfortable environment. Being a good communicator is an important part of your Medical Assistant duties.
- Help patients feel comfortable before, during and after their visit with the doctor
- Record or update their medical history
- Take the patient’s blood pressure and pulse
- Provide care instructions after examination
During your Medical Assisting training at Platt College, you can learn the foundation you need to enter the healthcare industry.
Medical Assisting Professional Requirements
The state of Oklahoma does not require any certifications or licensures to become a Medical Assistant. Our Medical Assisting program prepares you for a career in healthcare in 40 weeks. This includes a mandatory externship where you will gain real-world experience in a medical office.
Is Medical Assisting a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as a Medical Assistant is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You love working with and helping people
- You enjoy a variety of different tasks
- You’re looking for a stable career that is in demand
- It is a great starting point for other careers in allied health
Be prepared to work flexible hours as you start your career. Hospitals and emergency centers can offer you a fast-paced environment, while the doctor’s offices and nursing homes tend to have a slower pace. If this type of work environment sounds appealing to you, then training in Medical Assisting is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Medical Assistants Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Medical Assistants currently earn a median salary of $33,610 per year or $16.16 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $47,250*. These wages can vary based on your position, your schedule and your individual duties in the office.
The Platt College Medical Assisting program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each Medical Assistant position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Medical Assisting Career Outlook
Medical Assisting is a fast growing field fast according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, with an expected growth in the field is 29% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is much faster than average for all occupations.
The field of medicine is constantly changing. It is an exciting career opportunity with advances in science, research, and technology. Medical Assistants are an integral part of the medical team. As the demand for preventative medical services increases, the need for assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties will also grow. Medical Assistants with certification and familiarity with electronic health records (EHRs) may have better career opportunities available to them.
Where Can Medical Assistants Work?
As a Medical Assistant, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. You can find employment in:
- Physician’s offices and clinics
- Hospitals and wellness centers
- Nursing and assisted living homes
- Minor emergency centers
- Other healthcare facilities
Oklahoma Medical Assisting Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Medical Assisting program? You can find classes at:
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Medical Assisting program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Medical Assisting program.
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at Platt College are 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.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm