If you know you want to work in healthcare, being a medical assistant is a great place to start. It lets you see the field from a unique perspective, be exposed to other opportunities — and make some money at the same time.
The population is aging. The medical field is growing. You could land a great job as a valuable team member in a medical office setting. You could decide to stay in it for a long time or use it as a starting point to learn the ropes.
The medical assistant field is predicted to grow 23 percent in the next decade. Positions are available now — and they’re not going away anytime soon. A job as a medical assistant could be yours for the taking, but you’re going to need an associate degree.
A degree will go a long way — and it won’t take long to earn one.
You could earn it and learn it at our new Health Sciences Center. It’s designed to create an atmosphere of a real medical care facility. All department activities will overlap. The technology and instructional methods will be industry-current.
There’s no deadline to apply, and you can enroll now for fall. If you have a prerequisite or two to get out of the way, register for a summer course!
Where do you start?
Look at options for classes. Search which colleges offer training — and how quickly you might be able to earn an associate degree and become a medical assistant. (We’re sure you’ll pick Kirtland, but searching will solidify your decision.)
Can you afford it?
Financial aid is available. Many make the mistake of thinking the process is too complicated or they won’t qualify so they don’t even ask. Ask! More than 80 percent of the students at one college we know about (wink, wink) receive some sort of financial aid. Asking for help is probably the best move you could make.
If you’re overwhelmed, send an email and ask for help. There’s usually a “Contact” or “Request Info” button in an obvious spot on any college website.
Stop feeling like you’re the only one. So what if you’ve never done this before?
So what if you don’t want to ask for financial aid? It’s time to ask for support. The annual median salary for certified medical assistants is knocking on the door of $30,000 ($29,960 to be exact, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor statistics).
Getting into this field is a great way to become more familiar with what happens in the medical field. What are you waiting for?