All the “FAQs” You Need to Know about Medical Assistant Training

medical assistant training program, career training, chalkboardBecoming a Medical Assistant could be within your reach!

If you live in the Delaware Valley and are looking for a new career, the Harris School of Business may have a career training program for you. One of our popular programs is our Medical Assistant training program. Given the high number of medical service providers in the Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware region, it makes sense that people want to pursue careers in the field of healthcare and allied health.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about our Medical Assistant career-focused training program.

Q: What do Medical Assistants do?
A: Medical assistants are professional healthcare practitioners who are trained to work in doctors’ offices, specialty offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. Their duties may be clinical, such as measuring patients’ vitals signs and recording them in the charts. They might welcome patients, show them to their exam rooms, and help them check out when their appointment is over. Other medical assistants may have administrative duties, such as making patient appointments, answering phones, checking inventory, and helping with billing.

Q: What do I need to apply for the training program?
A: At the Harris School, our application process is simple. The main documentation we require is a high school diploma or a GED. You don’t need to have any prior training in the healthcare field—we will take care of that part! Our admissions are rolling, which means that you can apply any time of the year. Usually we have new classes starting up every 6 to 8 weeks, so it won’t be long before you start your first class at Harris.

Q: How long does it take to get your diploma from a Medical Assistant training program?
A: Our Medical Assistant program can be completed in less than one year’s time. Just think, a year from now you could be starting your new career. In order to graduate in less than one year, you have to take a full-time course load, maintain your attendance, complete your homework, pass your exams, and stay current with your tuition payments. We also offer evening classes for our students who work during the day. Evening programs can take longer since they are part-time.

Q: Will I get a job after I graduate?
Helping you find a job after you graduate is a team effort. The Harris School provides a Career Services department that can help you develop your resume and cover letter, learn strong interviewing skills, and find job leads in your new field. As we are helping you with these skills, we need you to take the lead in finding a job. You will need to be proactive in looking for openings, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, and doing your best to get your career started on the right foot. Remember, we are here to help, and we want you to succeed. As always, we are so proud of our many graduates who are entering the world of medical assisting and wish them all the best.

Q: How much do medical assistants make?
The earnings of medical assistants vary, so this is a hard question to answer. The best way to get a rough idea is to search job sites like Indeed or CareerBuilder for the term “Medical Assistant.” Some job ads will include the wage or a wage range. Another place to look is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The handbook’s page on the Pay for Medical Assistants gives a median range for the U.S.

Q: Can I get financial aid for my training program?
Many of our students receive financial aid from the Federal Student Aid program (FAFSA). Your eligibility for loans and grants will depend on your own individual circumstances. Once you decide that you are interested in the Harris School, you should fill out the FAFSA online. This is the first step in determining what kind of financial aid package (if any) would be available to you. We also have a Financial Aid department to help you through this process. If you meet with our advisors, they can help you review the possibilities.

Q: Where is the Harris School of Business located?
A: The Harris School has eight campuses throughout PA, NJ, DE, and CT. For our list of campuses, visit our Locations page. We are proud to be a part of the Delaware Valley, and we hope you find a location near you!

We hope these Q & A’s help to provide you with the information you need. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or to contact us online. We hope you consider starting your new career path at the Harris School.