A career as a Medical Assistant (MA) offers many opportunities. As a multi-skilled professional, an MA is a valuable asset to a physician and an integral part of the healthcare team. As a Medical Assistant, you may have dual roles, performing both clerical work and working directly with patients. This is a fast-growing field with employment expected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics “Job Outlook” it is expected to grow 31% between 2010 and 2020. Also contributing to job growth are the technological innovations happening in the medical industry, as well as an increasing elderly population needing more attention from primary healthcare providers. This is truly a helping field, and if you love to help people this is the field for you.
What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Medical Assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain the physician’s instructions. Medical Assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties and are ranked as one of the top five professionals necessary to the Patient-Centered Medical Home team.
How do you become a medical assistant?
Start your high demand career off right by enrolling in the Medical Assisting program through WATC. Depending upon your preferences, you may choose to earn a Technical Certificate in as little as 9 months, or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in 24 months. These programs typically include classroom and laboratory training. If you want to become a Certified Medical Assistant after graduation, be sure to choose a program that is CAAHEP accredited such as the Medical Assisting program through WATC. Graduates of the program may take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) national certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Enrolling is easy and the ACT is not required. The Academic Advisors at WATC will walk you through every step of the process.
Medical Assistant program in Wichita
Enrollment in the Medical Assisting program at WATC will take you through several areas of study so that you may become well versed and knowledgeable in the field. The goal of WATC’s Medical Assistant program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavioral) learning domains. Some of the courses you will take include; Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals, Diseases, Disorders & Diagnostic Procedures, Pharmacology, Patient Care, Administrative Aspects, Insurance Billing & Coding, Clinical Laboratory Procedures, Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology and CPR, just to name a few. WATC offers programs that are accredited and transferable so that you may take your career as a Medical Assistant as far as you can dream.
Medical Assistant Jobs in Wichita
Medical Assistants held about 560,800 jobs in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of these assistants work in physicians’ offices and other healthcare facilities. The duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. Most Medical Assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open. WATC’s 2014 Medical Assistant placement rate was 100%. Some of the facilities locally which employ Medical Assistants include Via Christi Health, Wesley Medical Center and Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center as well as many clinics and private practices.
Medical Assistant Salary and Benefits in Wichita, KS
The average wage potential for a Medical Assistant in Wichita, KS is $12.92 hourly* although there are many positions which offer more competitive salaries and benefits. The majority of all full-time Medical Assistants receive some form of benefits package from their employer which may include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, sick leave, paid vacation, disability insurance and professional liability insurance. These benefits should be taken into consideration when selecting a company to interview with. While salary and benefits are an important consideration, a Medical Assistant’s most valuable reward should be the fulfillment of helping others in a rewarding career. Let us at WATC help you get started towards an in demand career. Apply today, classes start soon!
*Wage data is compiled by EMSI for a career in the Wichita region with the highest degree offered in the selected program. This wage represents the lifetime average earning potential for careers associated with this degree program. WATC does not guarantee these wages.