How To Start Your Journey
To Become a Medical Assistant

You have chosen the best career path for you and decided to become a medical assistant. Congratulations on making this important decision for a new medical assisting career!

After deciding on your dream job, you’re now ready to create a plan to get you there. In today’s modern healthcare industry, many medical employers require candidates to have specific education, skills, experience, and certifications to qualify for medical assistant positions.

Healthcare employers need well-trained and qualified medical assisting professionals because they are important members of the medical team, providing hands-on patient care.

At United Career Institute, we know the steps you must take to start your journey to become a medical assistant. Keep reading as we share them with you!

Enroll in a Medical Assisting Degree Program

Each member of the healthcare team must be trained in the specific tasks they will be performing while on the job, as healthcare jobs are more specialized now than in the past. When medical professionals are well-trained and knowledgeable in their specialized area, it ensures patients will have a positive experience and receive high-quality care.

As healthcare employers need candidates who have completed specialized training, those who attend a healthcare training program designed for their specific position have an advantage over others. Since you have decided to become a medical assistant, enrolling in a medical assisting degree program that provides you with the knowledge and skills needed is the best option to start your journey to your exciting new career.

At United Career Institute, our Medical Assisting program prepares students to succeed in this exciting career path. After completing their medical assisting classes, students can qualify for jobs in healthcare facilities like hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, and more.

Learn Hands-On Skills and Gain Experience

As students complete their medical assisting degree program, they also need to learn and practice the hands-on skills that medical assistants perform while on the job. At some point in our lives, we have probably all interacted with a medical assistant at a healthcare facility, so you know how important it is that these valuable professionals are well trained. You would not want someone performing a phlebotomy procedure on you who had never done it before. It’s essential for medical assistants to learn and practice hands-on skills in their medical assisting courses.

For students attending United’s Medical Assisting degree program, they learn a variety of hands-on skills including assisting with exams, collecting and processing medical specimens, performing lab tests, practicing phlebotomy, performing EKGs, and many more.

While enrolled in their medical assisting classes at United, students also have the opportunity to complete an externship and gain experience in real-world healthcare situations. This valuable medical externship provides hands-on experience, setting you up for success as you begin your new career. Adding this real-world experience to your resume can give you an advantage over other candidates as you apply for medical assisting positions.

Prepare for Industry Certifications

In addition to needing the relevant knowledge, skills, and experience, many healthcare employers also prefer medical assisting professionals who are certified. When you earn professional certifications, employers know you have the skills to perform your specific job.

Healthcare industry organizations create certifications to set specific standards for the knowledge and skills that someone must have to complete specific job tasks. Employers know that job candidates who have earned professional healthcare certifications have met these high-quality standards. For this reason, candidates who hold industry certifications stand out among the crowd, because they have the qualifications to get the job done.

Students enrolled in our Medical Assisting program will prepare to sit for multiple certifications from the National Healthcareer Association, including National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant*, Certified EKG Technician**, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician**. These valuable healthcare certifications show that you have the knowledge and skills to excel in your medical assisting career.

Start Your Journey Today With United

You’re now ready to get started on your journey to become a medical assistant. Deciding on a medical assisting training program that offers the right combination of education, skills, experience, and certifications can be a tough decision. If you have questions or need help taking that next step, let our friendly admissions advisors at United help you create a customized plan just for you.

With a WE CARE approach to education, small class sizes, student support, and career services, United may be the perfect place to start your journey to become a medical assistant.

Request information to chat with one of our helpful admissions advisors today!

 

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Required/included in tuition/fees.

**Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Optional at own expense.

Medical Assisting – Program Highlight

With the ever increasing demand for medical professionals, becoming a Medical Assistant can be a great career path for anyone who wants to break into the healthcare field.

At United Career Institute, we designed our healthcare training programs to meet the needs of local employers, so you can gain the education and skills necessary to succeed in your medical career.

Medical Assisting

Read on to learn all about our Medical Assisting program and how it can launch you into a great healthcare career!

What You’ll Learn

As part of the Medical Assisting program at UCI, you’ll prepare for a successful career with hands-on training that enables you to successfully care for patients while on the job. Checking vital signs, performing lab tests, assisting with minor surgeries, conducting eye exams, and practicing phlebotomy are just a few of the clinical skills you will learn in your medical assisting classes.

You will also learn valuable front-office skills including how to manage a medical office, process insurance claims, transcribe medical charts, and practice HIPAA procedures.

With the increasing need for healthcare professionals in Westmoreland County, these clinical and front-office skills are extremely valuable to local employers.

Career Opportunities

As the medical field continues to grow and expand, so do the career opportunities. Healthcare employers need candidates who have the education, skills, and training necessary to get the job done.

By earning your Medical Assisting specialized associate degree at United Career Institute, you can be prepared for a career as a Medical Assistant in many types of facilities, such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, blood banks, and long-term care facilities.

Professional Certifications

Earning professional certifications allows you to put your career on the fast track. They show potential employers that you are qualified, can get the job done, and have met the standards established by the third-party organizations that host the certification exams.

With technology and best practices changing over time, healthcare certifications help you stay current in the medical field. Because certifications are preferred by many employers, you will have more career opportunities once you’ve earned this stamp of approval.

As part of the United Career Institute’s  Medical Assisting program, you are prepared to sit for numerous professional certifications from the National Healthcareer Association, including National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified EKG Technician, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Student Success at UCI

Student success is our top priority and we strive to educate, encourage, and empower students to reach their career goals. With academic advising, personalized attention, career services, and hands-on training, students have the support necessary for professional success.

Ready to kick start your career?

Take the next step to begin your career as a Medical Assistant today. Request information now to get started!