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MEDICAL ASSISTANT: Education Is The Most Important Thing Ever

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Saundra, a Medical Assistant, describes her typical day as helping patients and assisting the doctors. Last year, she took some time off from school and went back for her Associate's Degree and certification in medical assisting. Saundra has always wanted to help people, so this is the perfect career choice for her. She only wishes she had been more focused on education at a younger age, because if she had she would’ve arrived here sooner.

School: Boston Reed
Degree: Medical Assisting
Job Title: Medical Assistant

Job Summary: Medical Assistants

Job Description

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, People skills, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Patience

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m='11510'>day</span> <span m='11700'>for</span> <span m='11870'>me</span> <span m='12320'>is</span> <span m='12900'>checking</span> <span m='13280'>in</span> <span m='13400'>patients,</span> <span m='14800'>getting</span> <span m='15120'>their</span> <span m='15300'>information,</span> <span m='16129'>taking</span> <span m='16470'>their</span> <span m='16610'>vitals,</span> <span m='18260'>finding</span> <span m='18650'>out</span> <span m='18760'>what</span> <span m='18900'>they're</span> <span m='19010'>there</span> <span m='19210'>to</span> <span m='19280'>see</span> <span m='19440'>the</span> <span m='19530'>doctor</span> <span m='19870'>for,</span> <span m='20790'>and</span> <span m='21060'>then</span> <span m='21290'>whatever</span> <span m='21620'>procedures</span> <span m='22130'>need</span> <span m='22270'>to</span> <span m='22350'>be</span> <span m='22450'>done</span> <span m='22660'>in</span> <span m='22870'>office</span> <span m='23230'>that</span> <span m='23320'>the</span> <span m='23380'>doctor</span> <span m='24460'>dictates to me</span> <span m='24960'>or</span> <span m='25190'>delegates</span> <span m='25670'>to me</span> <span m='26090'>to do.</span> </p><p><span m='27910'>Well,</span> <span m='28050'>what</span> <span m='28310'>made me</span> <span m='28680'>want to</span> <span m='29110'>become a</span> <span m='29220'>medical</span> <span m='29490'>assistant</span> <span m='29760'>is I've</span> <span m='29970'>always</span> <span m='30300'>wanted</span> <span m='30570'>to</span> <span m='30700'>help</span> <span m='31100'>people.</span> <span m='31410'>I'm a</span> <span m='31640'>big</span> <span m='31780'>people</span> <span m='32090'>person.</span> <span m='32910'>And</span> <span m='33230'>why</span> <span m='33410'>not</span> <span m='33610'>help</span> <span m='33820'>people</span> <span m='34380'>in</span> <span m='34740'>a</span> <span m='35100'>part</span> <span m='35440'>where</span> <span m='35780'>they</span> <span m='35900'>don't</span> <span m='36140'>understand,</span> <span m='36590'>which</span> <span m='36730'>is</span> <span m='36880'>in</span> <span m='36940'>health?</span> <span m='37290'>A</span> <span m='37350'>lot</span> <span m='37500'>of</span> <span m='37540'>people</span> <span m='37740'>don't</span> <span m='37820'>understand</span> <span m='38240'>their</span> <span m='38340'>health.</span> </p><p><span m='38790'>So</span> <span m='39050'>I</span> <span m='39120'>went</span> <span m='39310'>to</span> <span m='39410'>school</span> <span m='39720'>about</span> <span m='39990'>10</span> <span m='40190'>years</span> <span m='40450'>ago,</span> <span m='41310'>and</span> <span m='41860'>for</span> <span m='42280'>whatever</span> <span m='42690'>reasons,</span> <span m='42960'>had to take</span> <span m='43430'>a leave</span> <span m='43910'>of absence.</span> <span m='44190'>And</span> <span m='44370'>last</span> <span m='44660'>year, I</span> <span m='44830'>went</span> <span m='44990'>back</span> <span m='45150'>to</span> <span m='45250'>school</span> <span m='45570'>to</span> <span m='45670'>finish</span> <span m='46080'>getting my</span> <span m='46240'>associate</span> <span m='46720'>degree</span> <span m='47610'>and</span> <span m='48290'>certificate</span> <span m='49550'>in</span> <span m='49750'>medical</span> <span m='50120'>assisting.</span> <span m='51120'>And</span> <span m='51350'>then</span> <span m='52020'>my</span> <span m='52210'>goal</span> <span m='52510'>was</span> <span m='52700'>to</span> <span m='52820'>work</span> <span m='53200'>for Alameda</span> <span m='53600'>Health</span> <span m='53790'>Systems</span> <span m='54310'>and</span> <span m='54490'>that's</span> <span m='54700'>where</span> <span m='54830'>I</span> <span m='54890'>ended</span> <span m='55150'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='55890'>What I</span> <span m='56260'>wish</span> <span m='56490'>I</span> <span m='56550'>would</span> <span m='56700'>have</span> <span m='56780'>known</span> <span m='57040'>in</span> <span m='57130'>high</span> <span m='57340'>school</span> <span m='57780'>was</span> <span m='58270'>that</span> <span m='59400'>fun</span> <span m='59850'>is</span> <span m='60020'>always</span> <span m='60330'>going</span> <span m='60460'>to</span> <span m='60530'>come,</span> <span m='61480'>and</span> <span m='62330'>that</span> <span m='62580'>if</span> <span m='62700'>you</span> <span m='62810'>stay</span> <span m='63070'>focused--</span> <span m='63630'>if</span> <span m='63760'>I</span> <span m='63890'>would</span> <span m='64010'>have</span> <span m='64080'>stayed</span> <span m='64319'>focused</span> <span m='64860'>on</span> <span m='65010'>my</span> <span m='65160'>studies,</span> <span m='65790'>I</span> <span m='65880'>would</span> <span m='66100'>have</span> <span m='66200'>been</span> <span m='66500'>where</span> <span m='66680'>I</span> <span m='66810'>am</span> <span m='67100'>now</span> <span m='67390'>a</span> <span m='67460'>lot</span> <span m='67760'>sooner</span> <span m='68270'>and</span> <span m='68400'>probably</span> <span m='68770'>would</span> <span m='68940'>be</span> <span m='69090'>a</span> <span m='69160'>lot</span> <span m='69410'>further</span> <span m='70300'>in</span> <span m='70490'>my</span> <span m='70630'>career.</span> <span m='71230'>So I</span> <span m='71720'>just</span> <span m='71860'>say</span> <span m='72200'>keep</span> <span m='72410'>your</span> <span m='72630'>eye</span> <span m='72930'>on</span> <span m='73020'>the</span> <span m='73110'>prize</span> <span m='73800'>and</span> <span m='74820'>know</span> <span m='75050'>that</span> <span m='75180'>your</span> <span m='75300'>friends</span> <span m='75630'>will</span> <span m='75740'>always</span> <span m='76280'>be</span> <span m='76440'>there.</span> <span m='77880'>And</span> <span m='78590'>education</span> <span m='79080'>is</span> <span m='79160'>the</span> <span m='79230'>most</span> <span m='79440'>important</span> <span m='79790'>thing</span> <span m='79960'>ever.</span> </p>","file":{"id":331313,"video_id":"2992149414001","name":"1701-Saundra-MedicalAssistant1","duration":80922,"thumbnail_url":null}});