Become a Medical Assistant in the New Year

You can gain the marketable skills you need in just one year

Is your life in need of a change? For many people, the new year is a time of renewal and self-improvement. If you are dissatisfied with your career, it could be a good time to consider something different. January is a great time of year to envision a new you!

At the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, Florida, we offer a number of programs and degrees that can start your life in a new direction. One of our popular programs is the Medical Assistant program. This one-year program can get you started on your way to an allied health career.

What is medical assisting? Medical assistants are medical professionals who work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. They are responsible for showing patients to the exam rooms, taking vital signs, recording patient histories, and assisting the medical staff with other responsibilities.

How do you become a medical assistant?

Medical assisting programs do not require any previous experience. Generally, a high school diploma (or equivalent) is required, along with successfully completing the admissions process. Here is a small sampling of the types of courses that you would take if you enroll:

The Administrative Medical Assistant
This course focuses on scheduling and monitoring of patient appointments, telephone techniques, patient reception and processing, and medical records management.

Applied Medical Assisting Procedures
This laboratory course provides an understanding of standard precautions for patient safety, calculating pharmaceutical doses, preparing and administering medications, giving immunizations, administering ECG/EKG, x-ray, and diagnostic radiology.

Applied Diagnostics and Phlebotomy
This laboratory course focuses on collecting and preparing specimens, phlebotomy skills, pulmonary function testing, assisting with cold and heat therapy, vision tests, hearing tests, and spirometry.

Electronic Health Records
This course covers the usage of health information and the electronic health record (EHR). Students will learn the use of health information and the EHR for any setting within the health care industry.

How to enroll

Interested adults can apply for the Medical Assistant program at ACMC at any time of year. No prior medical experience is required to enroll in our program. You will have two options:

Option 1: Medical assistant diploma: This 40-week program results in a diploma (not a degree) and qualifies you with the skills you need to become a medical assistant. This program can be completed during daytime classes or part-time evening classes. The part-time evening program takes 86 weeks to complete.

Option 2: Associate of science degree in medical assisting: This 52-week program results in an associate’s degree. With an associate’s degree, you may have access to more job opportunities and may be given the higher-level responsibilities on the job.

To find out more about becoming a medical assistant, read The Benefits of a Medical Assistant Job. If you want more information about this program at ACMC, please fill out our simple information form. A representative will be in touch shortly to answer any questions you may have. We hope you begin your new year with ACMC!