Frequently Asked Questions about a Medical Assistant Technician
The healthcare industry is not going out of style any time soon and with the baby boomer generation aging, there is always going to be a need for healthcare services. With that in mind, if you want to jump into the healthcare field, now is an excellent opportunity to do so.
If you want to get your feet wet and provide patients with excellent care, you may find that becoming a medical assistant technician is the right choice for you. From taking vitals to administering vaccines and helping chart patient’s complaints, you will be the face of the office and interact with patients on various levels.
Below, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions aboout medical assistant technicians and we hope this information will help you better understand if this is the career path you want to explore.
If you are interested in becoming a medical assistant, consider enrolling in FCC’s Medical Assistant Program. The program can be completed, and you can earn your diploma in as little as 10 months.
WILL MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNICIANS ALWAYS BE NEEDED? WHAT IS THE CURRENT JOB OUTLOOK?
Yes. Medical assistants are in high demand and the need is expected to grow at a rate of 29% from 2016 to 2026.
WHAT TYPE OF DAY TO DAY WORK DO MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNICIANS DO?
Medical assistants are the face of the medical office they work in and are responsible for both clinical and administrative work. Typically, medical assistant technicians will measure vital signs of patients, prepare blood samples, give patients immunizations, record patient history, charting, answering phone calls, data entry, and checking patients in and out of the office.
WHERE DO MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNICIANS WORK?
Medical assistants work directly with doctors, nurses, and patients in many health care settings, including medical offices, clinics, labs, x-ray facilities, hospitals, and insurance companies.
WHAT TYPES OF SKILLS DO I NEED TO BE A MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNICIAN?
To be a medical assistant technician, you will need several skills, many of which you will learn through a training program. Some of the additional skills you should have include the ability to problem solve, good communication, organizational skills, customer service skills, and the ability to empathize and be compassionate.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNICIAN?
Medical assistant technicians do have some education requirements that they need to meet, and many have completed a postsecondary education such as a diploma or training program.
In general, medical assistants are high school graduates or GED recipients and have taken courses to prepare them for the work they will perform. Many practices look for medical assistant technicians who have taken an exam to become certified.
Florida Career College is proud to offer a medical assistant technician training program that provides students with the skills needed for an entry-level position.
As part of the program, students will complete an externship in a local medical office and our hands-on training program is designed to provide you with the skills needed to succeed and have confidence once you graduate.