What is a Medical Assistant?
A Comprehensive Medical Assistant is a crucial part of a healthcare team. Medical Assistants provide direct care to patients and work in conjunction with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure patient recovery and support.
MedQuest College offers the Medical Assisting program in Louisville and Lexington, offering students an accelerated certificate program with 70% hands-on instruction in fully operational clinical labs. Graduates leave the program with extensive knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace.
Wondering, “Why should I become a medical assistant?” – read on to learn more. Plus, MedQuest College’s Medical Assisting program was recognized as one of The Very Best Medical Assistant Associate, Certificate, and Diploma Programs of 2020-21 by MedAssistantEDU.org.
Check this out for the difference between a Medical Assistant and an LPN (Practical Nursing).
What does a Medical Assistant do?
Medical Assistants are responsible for all aspects of patient care as soon as they arrive in the office or hospital. Duties of Medical Assistants often include:
- Assisting the physician with procedures
- Preparation and administering EKG (Electrocardiogram)
- Phlebotomy (drawing blood and giving injections)
- Coordinating laboratory samples and pharmacy prescriptions
- Preparing exam rooms for a visit, sterilize and disinfect rooms and instruments between uses
- Recording and confirming patient medical history, medications, allergies and vital signs
- Managing medical records and administrative tasks including daily patient schedule
Where do Medical Assistants work?
There’s an increasingly large aging population that will require preventative medical care. As physicians expand practices to accommodate, Medical Assistants will be needed to aid the doctor. Graduates often begin their careers in practices like:
- Primary Care Facilities
- Clinical Labs and Offices
- Retirement Communities
- Pain Management Centers
- Diagnostic Laboratories
- Nursing Care Facilities
What does a Medical Assistant make?
Medical Assistants are in incredibly high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an 18% projected growth of new jobs over the next decade. Average hourly rates for Medical Assistants range from $17 to $25.
Why should I become a Medical Assistant?
Graduates from MedQuest College are sure to find a good-paying job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is anticipated to grow 16% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. MedQuest College can help.
MedQuest offers both in-person and online courses at our Louisville and Lexington Campuses. We offer degrees and certificates in Dental and Medical Assisting, Medical Equipment Repair, Practical Nursing and Sonography.
Check out this MedQuest guide to determining which healthcare career is right for you.
What else do I need to know?
If you have questions or want more information about financial aid, our faculty and staff, career services for students or about MedQuest College in general, reach out and request information or schedule your virtual tour.
Tutoring is offered to students in all programs and even after graduation. Sometimes, a MedQuest graduate will be required to perform a working interview as part of the interview process. We encourage (and are happy to help!) one-on-one time with an instructor to be sure you’re confident before an interview.
MedQuest College has provided high-quality instruction to students in Kentucky and Indiana since 1999. We offer quality programs in medical assisting, dental assisting, diagnostic medical sonography, practical nursing, medical equipment repair technology, and veterinary technology to the Kentucky and Southern Indiana areas.
We can proudly say that MedQuest College has successfully graduated and employed hundreds of students in various medical fields. Our campuses are in Louisville and Lexington. We are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a nationally recognized accrediting body.