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Reasons to Consider a Career as a Medical Assistant

Posted: June 2, 2021 by Diane Smith
Student posing at front desk in office setting at Pima Medical Institute.
Earn your medical assistant certificate at Pima Medical in as little as nine months.
 


Considering a career in healthcare might feel daunting. If you have been thinking of taking the first step, you might consider enrolling in the medical assistant certificate program at Pima Medical Institute. In just nine months, you could be in the workforce making a difference.  
 
Medical assistants have direct contact with patients. You are often the person a patient meets first when they enter the office. As the first contact for a new or returning patient, the medical assistant is a critical and essential element in the patient’s overall experience from start to finish.
 
The specific duties of a medical assistant vary by practice type, specialty and applicable state and local laws. Generally, however, a medical assistant serves as a liaison between a doctor and their patients. They help check-in these patients, answer their questions, ensure they are comfortable and perform a range of clinical duties including:
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Taking patients’ medical histories
  • Reviewing treatment procedures with patients
  • Assisting physicians or nurses during exams
  • Collecting and preparing lab specimens
  • Performing basic lab tests
  • Facilitating prescription refills
  • Informing patients about medications
  • Removing sutures
  • Changing dressings
Student writes notes on a chart during lab classroom hours. The medical assistant is a critical and essential element in the patient’s overall experience.
At Pima Medical Institute, our program helps to develop the personal traits and professional skills students need to perform as competent entry-level medical assistants. The program provides students with knowledge of anatomy and physiology, routine laboratory procedures and patient care procedures commonly performed in medical offices.
 
Pima Medical Institute prepares its students to begin their careers upon earning their medical assistant certificate.
 
And, while you’re working as a medical assistant you can pursue additional schooling. Pima Medical offers various other certifications as well as associate degrees. We even offer 100 percent online bachelor’s degree programs and a master’s degree program.
 
Take the first step now.
 
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