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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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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FAQs about Medical Billing and Coding

Health, Medical Assisting
Learn more about the essential role these specialists play in the healthcare industry If you are looking for a new career in healthcare, one option to consider is training to become a medical billing and coding specialist. This is a profession that helps doctors, hospitals, and other practitioners to get reimbursed by insurance companies for the services they provide. It is detail-oriented work that takes place in an office setting. In order to determine whether this is something you should pursue, you may want to ask yourself: Does the healthcare industry interest me? Would I prefer working in an office, as opposed to providing care to patients directly? Do I like working on a computer? Am I good at paying attention to a lot of small details? The answers to…
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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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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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How to Become a Medical Assistant at Harris School

Medical Assisting
Get trained in as little as one year! Are you looking for a new career but concerned that you don’t have the right job skills? For residents of the Delaware Valley, you can get career-focused job training at one of several campuses of the Harris School of Business. With locations near Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Trenton, Wilmington, Dover, and Atlantic City, your career training may be right around the corner! One of our popular programs is the Medical Assistant training program. In just about one year’s time, you can gain the clinical skills needed to begin this career. Find out more below with our Q and A. Q: What does a Medical Assistant do? A: Medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities where they provide important…
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