Featured Student Interviews
Jennifer made a career switch after working for 20 years. She currently works as an MA and attends nursing school.
Yanique started her career in healthcare as a medical assistant. She currently works in a doctor's office.
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As a nurse, I always thought I wanted to work in a physician's office. Unfortunately, I've been passed over for those jobs because doctors want CMAs (Certified Medical Assistants). More often than not, those scrub-clad men and women you think are nurses are actually CMAs.
It can be a challenge to find employment in the current job market. With high unemployment, new students entering the work force need to make sure they are taking the right path. The best jobs and chances for advancement within the medical assisting field will be reserved for certified medical assistants (CMAs). A CMA is an assistant who has graduated from an accredited program and passed a certification exam.
Everyone asks the same question: How much money am I going to make? Well, honestly I can say that I'm a bit disappointed with the salary ranges for medical assistants. Before I go into detail, I want you to remember that these numbers are ballpark. There are a lot of factors that will influence the salary you will receive.
When choosing a career path, there's no doubt that you will have a lot of questions. It's normal to want to know all the little details of what may be ahead. After sorting through dozens of websites with generic information, you may still have more questions than answers. If you are considering a job as a medical assistant, understanding the big picture is the best way to ensure that there won't be any surprises down the road.
You must complete a medical assistant program accredited by ABHES or CAAHEP to take the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) exam. While there are medical assisting programs available everywhere, I hope for your sake that you have chosen and accredited program. Accredited programs will not push you through in a few months and throw you out to work.
Interviews can be scary. As you sit on one side of a big oak desk, people stare back at you from the other side. Pencils scratching away on paper as you answer question after question. I always wondered what they were writing. An interview is especially hard when you are just out of school and you don't have much experience to discuss.