Do you want a career where you can give back to the world? Providing beneficial healthcare to a community is one important aspect you may seek in a career. A medical assisting career path can help fulfill these desires. Enrolling in medical assistant school allows you to learn the skills you need to become an effective member of a healthcare team. It also allows you to give and promote healthcare that could help improve the lives of many different patients.
If you’re thinking about going back to school, consider a medical assistant training program at the Salter School. Below, we offer potential students the answers to seven commonly asked questions about our training program so you can decide if medical assisting is a career worth pursuing!
Q#1: What do medical assistants do?
A: There are different types of medical assistants and some are specialized in specific healthcare fields. Many medical assistants provide a combination of clinical, administrative, and clerical duties within a medical office. Their daily tasks may vary by geographic location, specialty, and the healthcare facility where they work.
Throughout the day, medical assistants record patient histories and personal information, measure vital signs, and assist physicians during patient exams. In some states, medical assistants may be allowed to administer injections and medications under the supervision of a physician or nurse practitioner. They conduct a variety of administrative tasks like scheduling patient appointments, arranging for hospital admissions, and calling in medication to pharmacies. They may also prepare blood samples for lab tests and draw blood.
Medical assistants also provide emotional support to patients who feel anxious or scared. Clinical medical assistants help prepare patients to see the doctors and inform patients on what to expect during their appointments or medical procedures.
Q #2: What will I learn in the medical assistant training program at the Salter School?
A: The Salter School’s medical assistant training program is designed to give students a strong background in patient care procedures and theory, medical office administration, and communication skills required of an entry-level position in any medical office. You’ll study courses that include clinical procedures, pharmacology, computerized billing, medical terminology, and more! Students will complete the program with an externship at a local healthcare facility.
Q #3: How long does it take to the complete the medical assistant training program?
A: The professional medical assistant training program requires 37.5 week to complete if students take day courses. This means you can be out in the professional world in less than a year! If you’re a dedicated student who studies, shows up to class, and passes your exams, you can complete the program on time.
Q #4: Are night classes offered?
A: Students are able to take night courses three nights during the week. If you take evening courses, your program will take 56.5 weeks, or just over a year, to complete. Evening courses may be a good option for students who work during the day. An internship with day hours may be required.
Q #5: How do I apply to the medical assistant training program at the Salter School?
A: The medical assistant training program requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent. You can enroll in the program online or stop by our admissions department to fill out an application in person. You may also complete the application during your admissions review.
Q #6: Will I find a job?
A: The job outlook for professional medical assistants is positive. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 23% growth rate from 2014-2024. This is much faster than the average for all other jobs listed in the handbook. The Salter School wants to see our students succeed in the professional healthcare community. We offer a Career Services Department to help as you undergo your job search. Our career advisors can help you practice interview questions, write a resume, and develop your networking skills. We know that finding a job can be stressful, so we try our best to help you find the right career for you!
Q #7: Can I receive financial assistance?
A: Students who seek financial aid are encouraged to apply for the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). You can apply online at any time. If you have questions about filling out the FAFSA, contact our Financial Aid Advisors for step-by-step directions. If you aren’t eligible for financial aid, one of our advisors can help you determine other payment plans so that you can start planning your future as a medical assistant.
Q #8: Where is the Salter School located?
A: The Salter School offers a professional medical assistant training program at our campuses in Malden and Fall River, Massachusetts. We also offer massage therapy and health claims specialist training programs. If you’d like more information on our training programs, take the next step by contacting us at any time. We also offer tours of our campuses. We hope you decide to become a part of the Salter School community!