9 Steps to a Medical Assistant Career Path

harris school south jersey voorhees njThe Harris School of Business is proud to offer this training in South Jersey

Voorhees, NJ: The Harris School of Business is proud to be expanding our services in the South Jersey community since our founding in 1965. We currently operate four campuses in New Jersey, including our flagship campus in Cherry Hill, as well as locations in Voorhees, Linwood, and Hamilton/Trenton.

Our Voorhees location attracts students from a wide radius of nearby towns. One of the reasons students choose the Harris School is the small-school feel of our campuses. All of our courses take place under one roof, and our class sizes are always small, especially compared with the enormous lecture halls that are part of community college classes.

Our Voorhees campus was recently renovated and offers five career-focused programs. One of the popular career training programs at our Voorhees campus is the Professional Medical Assistant Plus program. Here’s what to expect if you enroll in our Medical Assistant program

Step 1: The application process. Meet with our Admissions representatives, and they will walk you through the process of applying to the Harris School. No prerequisites are required—just your high school diploma (or equivalent) and a willingness to learn.

Step 2: Apply for financial aid. Our Financial Aid advisors will show you how to get started on applying for financial aid through FAFSA online (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Not everyone is eligible for financial aid, but everyone should apply to see if there might be help available.

Step 3: Enroll in classes and attend student orientation. Our enrollment process is simple, and new classes begin every six to eight weeks. You can choose whether you will be a full-time day student or a part-time evening student. You will receive orientation materials and be invited to an orientation process where you will learn more about what is expected of you.

Step 4: Begin attending classes. A lot of people are nervous about starting their classes. They may not have been in school for many years, or they may not have been the best students in high school. But don’t worry. Our instructors are here to help. Here are some tips on starting out as a Harris student.

  • Attend all your classes. Missing classes makes it very hard to catch up on your homework and course material.
  • Don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand. Learning medical assistant terminology is a new thing for all of our students. Don’t be shy about asking for clarification. Our instructors want you to learn, and are known for going the extra mile when it comes to helping students understand the course material.
  • Set up a study/homework time. You will need to do homework and study for tests at home. Find a dedicated space and a reserved time for studying each day. If you live in a busy household where it’s too hard to study, see if you can find a nearby library where you can study on a regular basis.

Step 5: Participate in an internship. As you near graduation, you will be placed in an unpaid internship where you will get to practice your new skills on the job. Make sure you take this placement seriously and treat it like a real job. It counts as real job experience that you can include on your resume!

Step 6: Go to Career Services and start your job search. Before you know it, it will be time to begin your job search. The Harris School has a dedicated Career Services department that will help you improve your job searching skills. From resume help to mock interviews to connecting you with job leads, our Career Services department is here to help you succeed.

Step 7: Graduate! The Harris School holds graduation ceremonies periodically throughout the year, and it’s always a meaningful experience for our students. If you still haven’t quite landed that first job after graduation, be sure to come back to our Career Services department for help in getting job leads, networking, and getting started in your new career.

Step 8: Consider taking a certification examination. Several external organizations, such as the National Healthcareer Association and the American Medical Technologists, offer certification exams for medical assistants. Getting certified right after graduation, when all the information is still fresh in your mind, can bring you added benefits and opportunities in the future.

Step 9: Step out into your new career. Once you have landed your first job in your new career, we are convinced you will have the skills and knowledge to excel in your position. But don’t forget about us! Come back and visit often. It’s always so great to see Harris grads!

We hope this blog post has helped to show how easy it is to get started at the Harris School of Business. To learn more, schedule a tour at one of our eight locations. With campuses located near Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut, we hope you find a location near you.