Medical Assisting is typically seen as a fulfilling career in healthcare. Not only do Medical Assistants play a significant role, but they do so by supporting physicians, communicating with patients, and interacting with others. Their efforts allow doctors to see more people, and they provide compassion and comfort to their patients.
You may not know that variety is another benefit of Medical Assisting. In the field, Medical Assistants can work with various types of doctors, medical practices, and specialties. We’ve compiled a list of things you might not know about Unitek’s Medical Assistant program in San Jose (plus a look at this career’s very sunny outlook).
- Medical Assisting students receive simulation training and a supervised externship.
Unitek’s MA program allows students to take charge of their future without spending years in school. Our approach is intensive yet varied, as we want to give students a well-rounded experience that will prepare them for real-world settings. This approach includes professional lectures, simulation training, and a 160-hour supervised externship.
- Unitek’s San Jose Campus is located in the heart of Silicon Valley.
San Jose is the third most populous city in California and, incredibly, the tenth most populous city in the United States. It is widely considered to be an economic, political, and cultural center of Silicon Valley, the area that is home to some of the world’s biggest technological corporations.
Bordered by Santa Teresa Boulevard and Great Oaks Boulevard, Unitek’s San Jose Campus is also within distance of the W. Valley Freeway. Nearby are numerous destinations, such as shopping centers, apartment complexes, parks, and restaurants.
- Medical Assisting has a great career outlook, and experts predict it will only continue to improve.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a surge of growth in the Medical Assisting field. By 2026, they expect employment opportunities to increase a whopping 29 percent.1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this growing demand is primarily due to longer lifespans in the baby-boomer population. Physicians will need to hire more medical professionals so that they can see a greater number of patients.
- Unitek’s Medical Assisting program only takes 9 months to complete.
It can be difficult to make a big life change, especially when that change revolves around your career. If you’re searching for a meaningful career but you don’t want to spend years in school, Medical Assisting might be the ideal choice for you. The MA program at Unitek College can be completed in under a year’s time.
- The MA program covers a wide range of courses. In 9 months, you could be well versed in the following topics!
+ Introduction to Medical Assisting & Medical Law
+ Pharmacology, Medication Administration, Diagnostic Imaging
+ Patient Assessment, Cardio-Pulmonary, Gastroenterology
+ Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat, Nervous System
+ Stages of Life: Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Geriatrics
+ Computerized Medical Assisting
+ First Aid, Emergencies, Behavior in Acute Situations
+ The Medical Assisting Externship
- At the San Jose Campus, Unitek students will utilize or have access to the following:
* Approximately 28,000 square feet
* 9 classrooms
* 9 labs
* A library
* A student lounge
* A reception area and faculty offices
- When students successfully complete their Medical Assistant courses, they will be able to handle numerous job duties and responsibilities.
The ultimate goal of Unitek’s MA program is to prepare graduates for entry-level employment. Successful graduates will perform various administrative and clinical duties. Since Medical Assistants essentially fill two roles, it’s important that they are knowledgeable in both areas.
Administrative functions include tasks like scheduling appointments, updating patient charts, replenishing supplies, managing billing-related tasks, and coordinating hospital admission or laboratory services. Clinical duties include but are not limited to preparing laboratory specimens, sterilizing medical instruments, readying patients for x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures, and changing dressings.
While some choose Medical Assisting as a lifelong career, others use it to gain invaluable experience and help them enter other careers. Even though individual goals may differ, Medical Assistants provide a vital service and ultimately better the community around them.
For more information about Unitek’s Medical Assistant program—and our San Jose Campus!—please don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-318-1550.