Why Becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant Matters Today
Everyone knows that the Baby Boomer generation is getting older. The aging of this large segment of the population will continue to increase the demand for preventative medical services which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, doctors will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing physicians to see more patients*.
Nationwide, this career field is expected to be continuously adding jobs and this creates opportunity for certified healthcare professionals like CMAs. Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 23% nationally by 2024*.
In the states that Blue Cliff College serves, between 2014 and 2024 the following growth in job opportunities is expected:
- Arkansas 27%+
- Mississippi 15%+
- Louisiana 16%**
Where do clinical medical assistant’s work?
In 2014 medical assistants held about 591,000 jobs in the United States. More than half worked in physician’s offices but there are opportunities in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other healthcare facilities as well. Most Medical assistants work full time, some work evenings, weekends or holidays to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.
Most medical offices prefer to hire assistants who have completed a post-secondary education such as a certificate.
What does a clinical medical assistant do?
Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They may have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for x rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings.
Who will be successful as a clinical medical assistant?
It is important to be comfortable being in close personal contact with others. A successful CMA will also be able to be accurate in documenting and communicating information and work well within a team environment. Last with the growing use of technology in healthcare, being willing and able to interact with computers and other technology is a useful quality.
When can training start?
At Blue Cliff college, classes start about every 6 weeks. So training can start soon. Blue Cliff’s Clinical Medical Assistant program teaches students everything needed to earn their certificate and seek entry-level employment in healthcare facilities. Our program offers a modular curriculum that includes education in fields including:
- Anatomy, physiology and pathology of body systems
- Patient care and communication
- Clinical techniques
- Examining room procedures
- Medical lab procedures
- Medical terminology
- Administrative Procedures
For more information about a career as a Clinical Medical Assistant, please visit the U.S Department of Labor’s O*NET website or the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Links to the figures in this article are below.
Note: Licensed by Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C–110.
Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents.
Licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education.
Blue Cliff College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission Career Schools and Colleges, (ACCSC). ACCSC is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
Disclaimer: For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information about Blue Cliff’s Clinical Medical Assisting career education, please visit the clinical medical assisting page