How to Become a Medical Assistant

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
If you are interested in studying to become a medical assistant, your employment outlook is great. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates for medical assistants "much faster than average" job growth through 2026--29 percent, to be exact. That means lasting job security for anyone who works as a medical assistant. Prerequisites to Be a Medical Assistant Fortunately, the prerequisites to work as a medical assistant are pretty straightforward. You need either a high school diploma or a general education diploma, also called a GED. Although aptitude in math and science can help a medical assisting student, particular coursework in high school isn't required. Education to Be a Medical Assistant You must complete an education to work as a medical assistant. At Harris School of Business, you can choose among: Medical…
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Why is Accreditation Important?

Career Planning
If you've looked at Harris School of Business' website, you've likely noticed that we're accredited. It's part why Harris is a respected business school among the many places you could seek an education in the most employable career paths. So why is accreditation a big deal? Why should you attend an accredited school? What is Accreditation? Harris School of Business is accredited by several different bodies, depending upon the degree program. Our Cherry Hill, NJ, Danbury, CT, Linwood, NJ, Upper Darby, PA, and Wilmington, DE campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training, Washington, DC. Our Dover, DE, and Voorhees, NJ campuses are accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, Arlington, Va. Our Surgical Technology program is accredited programmatically by The Accrediting Bureau…
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Medical Assisting Jobs: What type of employment can you get with a medical assisting diploma/associate degree?

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
Working on your medical assistant education? Or perhaps you're still considering jobs in medical assisting? It's only smart to look ahead to consider what type of employment opportunities await you after completing medical assisting education, as well as the job trends, job demands and career paths for medical assisting. Rising Medical Assisting Demand The demand for medical assisting careers is predicted to continue to rise, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 2016 to 2026, the Bureau has predicted 183,900 more jobs available in medical assisting nationwide. That's great news for anyone considering pursuing education in medical assisting, since it's very likely they can readily find employment as a medical assistant. Why We Need More Medical Assistants According to the American Association of Retired Persons, 10,000…
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How to Select a Medical Assistant Program: Choose the Right One for You

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
Exploring medical assistant programs represents a step towards a secure future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that between 2016 and 2026, the job category of medical assistant should grow 29 percent, considered "much faster than average" by the Bureau. With the current surge of healthcare retirees and rising demand for healthcare, the healthcare field needs many more medical assistants. If you have a high school diploma or GED and willingness to help others, you can enter a medical assistant program to join this dynamic field. Delivery of Medical Assisting Programs The main categories of medical assisting programs are online classes and traditional, hands-on training. Some medical assistant programs offer a hybrid of these meaning students attend some classes and take some remotely. Online or Hybrid Medical Assistant Programs These…
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What’s the Difference between a Dental Assistant and a Dental Hygienist?

Career Planning, Health
Find out if dental assistant school is a good choice for you Are you looking at dental assistant schools? If so, you may be wondering about the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist. What are their different job responsibilities? How much does a dental assistant make versus a dental hygienist? What are the facts about dental assistants and dental hygienists? What career path makes more sense for you? This article looks at the two roles and gives you an idea of the kind of career path that might work for you. To begin, what is the difference between the two jobs? The chief difference is that: dental assistants work directly for the dentist—sitting chairside and helping with procedures dental hygienists work directly with patients—providing professional teeth cleanings…
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What’s the Difference Between a Medical Assistant and a Nursing Assistant?

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
Understanding how these roles differ can help you choose a suitable career path You may have heard the term Medical Assistant, but are wondering how this is different from the role of a Nursing Assistant. Both of these entry-level positions require working closely with patients to provide care, but the specific duties can be somewhat different. Are you interested in a career in healthcare that will not require long-term, extensive training? Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants might both be good options. To determine which might be a better fit for you, we break down some of the differences here. Read on to learn more about both of these essential roles! 1. The two positions may work in different settings Medical Assistants usually work in a physician’s office, although some have…
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What You Need to Know About Becoming a Massage Therapist

Career Planning, Health
Lots of skills go onto this vital healthcare role Massage Therapists need to have a through knowledge of anatomy and physiology. (top left) One of the life-size skeletons used in the classroom is shown with shoulder and arm muscles attached. (top right) Student anatomy and physiology project showing internal organs and bone placement. (bottom) Two Massage Therapy students provide chair massage during a Family and Friends day held at the school. Are you interested in a job where you are able to be physically active while helping others? Are you interested in human anatomy? Do you enjoy communicating with people about their needs? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you might consider a job as a Massage Therapist. This is a fun and invigorating profession, and can…
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8 FAQs about Becoming a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Career Planning, Medical Assisting
What to know about medical billing and coding training at the Harris School! Do you want to work in the healthcare field but are more technology-oriented?  A behind-the-scenes job as a medical billing and coding specialist could give you the independence and technical environment you desire in a healthcare profession. Medical billing and coding specialists, also called health claims specialists or health information technicians, fulfill a unique role in the industry by making sure that healthcare providers and businesses are paid for their services while also helping to bill patients for the correct services and amounts. A training program is the perfect way to prepare for a role in the medical billing and coding field. If you think that entering medical billing and coding school could benefit your stability and…
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Considering Becoming a Multi-Skill Health Technician?

Career Planning, Health
We answer your questions about this flexible medical career As the population ages, more and more people need health care. If you like to help people, do well in a hectic work environment, and have an interest or aptitude for medical terminology, why not consider becoming a multi-skill health technician? Multi-skill technicians, as the name implies, perform multiple tasks, giving them the flexibility to find a variety of jobs in numerous settings. What do multi-skill health technicians do? Unique in the medical field, multi-skill health technicians are equipped with a variety of skills, including: Drawing blood Performing basic lab tests Removing stitches Conducting electrocardiograms Taking vital signs Performing administrative work With so many abilities, you will find multi-skill health technicians in such jobs as: EKG technicians, phlebotomists, nurse’s aides, physician’s…
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Learn More about the Exciting Career of Surgical Technologists

Career Planning
It takes more than a surgeon to have a successful operation—surgical technologists perform many jobs to assist If you are looking for a career that offers excitement and reward, you may want to take a closer look at becoming a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians and surgical techs, assist in surgical operations and ensure surgeons can focus on operating without any obstacles in a sterile environment. Although some may find positions in outpatient care facilities, a majority of surgical techs find work in hospitals. They are responsible for many tasks before, during, and after surgery. Prior to surgery Do you have good communication skills? Often patients are nervous before having a procedure. A surgical tech will often spend time before the operation calming nerves. Patients must…
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