As a school that offers a Medical Assistant program, we’re always on the lookout for new or frequently asked questions. Lately, we’ve seen this one quite a few times: “Can you work as a Medical Assistant without being qualified?”
Before we tackle that question, let’s start with the role of a Medical Assistant and what it usually entails!
Job Responsibilities of a Medical Assistant
Many choose the Medical Assisting profession because it has various benefits, including job security, personal fulfillment, and exposure to medical specialties. Additionally, Medical Assisting can be a great choice for those who don’t want to spend years in school. Most formal programs can be completed in just 9-12 months.
Above all else, it’s important to discern whether this career will suit your needs and your limitations. For instance, many Medical Assistants spend hours on their feet. If, however, you want to help others, and you do not want a desk job, it’s worth noting that Medical Assistants can work in a variety of environments. These include hospitals, medical offices, private homes, outpatient facilities, and surgical centers, just to name a few!
As for Medical Assisting job duties? They can vary depending on location and specialty, but they usually include the following:
+ Record patient history
+ Measure vital signs
+ Assist physicians with examinations
+ Schedule patient appointments
+ Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
+ Enter patient information into medical records
+ Give patients injections/medications as directed by physicians
Desired Qualifications of Medical Assistants
We’d also like to delve into some qualities that Medical Assistants typically possess. While there are exceptions, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the below qualities as ones that are ideal for Medical Assistants to excel.1
+ An Eye for Details: A detail-oriented nature is critical for the success of a Medical Assistant. Other members of the healthcare team rely on accurate patient information to treat the patient. Because of this, Medical Assistants must pay close attention when they record information.
+ Analytical & Technical Skills: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,1 Medical Assistants “must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.”
+ Interpersonal Skills: Medical Assistants must have the ability to discuss patient information with other members of the healthcare team. They must also be capable of acting in a calm and professional manner with distressed patients.
Options for the Path of Medical Assisting
So, can you work as a Medical Assistant without being qualified? The answer is often dependent on your location and your employer. For instance, some employers are willing to provide on-the-job training and do not require certification or a formal education. Having said that, there are also employers who will not hire candidates without formal training.
Not only are trained applicants more time effective, but they will likely pose less of a risk for most employers. In an increasingly competitive world, you can typically boost your chances with preexisting knowledge and a solid set of skills.
All About Unitek College and the MA Program
Unitek College is one of California’s reputable healthcare and nursing colleges. Taught by field experts, Unitek programs teach the best-practice clinical technique and theory used in the field today. Our graduates are equipped with sought-after skills, and they are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare.
Currently, Unitek maintains six campuses in Northern California and one in Southern California. All of these locations offer a comprehensive Medical Assisting program which can be completed in as little as 9 months.
To speak with a school representative, please choose your desired campus and contact a member of our team!