How Do I Know if Medical Assisting is the Right Career for Me?

HealthcareMarch 29, 2019

Traci H. is a mother of four who graduated the medical assistant program at the Fortis College campus in Columbia, South Carolina. Traci has a passion for taking care of others. She enrolled in the medical assistant program to better understand her family’s health issues and to start a career in a field with ample employment opportunity and security.

If nurturing is second nature to you, and you are interested in such health sciences as anatomy and physiology, you may be a candidate for a career as a medical assistant. Medical assistants work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, private doctor’s offices and outpatient clinics. Their duties range from drawing blood and handling other bodily fluids to doing administrative tasks.  With additional education and certification, medical assistants also can pursue related careers as health information technicians, assistants to pharmacists and nursing assistants.

Most medical assistants typically graduate from a postsecondary education program, such as those offered at Fortis. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in some states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.  The program at Fortis is designed to teach hands-on skills in classroom, laboratory and externship settings so they graduate ready for an entry-level position. Some Fortis grads also return to school later for more education to enter nursing or another medical specialty such as surgical technologist.

If you are interested in a career as a medical assistant, visit one of our campuses or call 1-855-436-7847 for more information. Get started today!

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