Medical Assisting Program FAQ
How do you become a medical assistant in Ohio?
The fastest way to become a medical assistant in Ohio is to enroll in an accredited medical assistant training program. There are more than 50 medical assistant programs available in Ohio.
Is medical assistant training required in Ohio?
Formal medical assistant training is not required. Some medical assistants have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. However, if you want to excel in your career in medical assisting and become a certified medical assistant in Ohio, you will need to complete an accredited educational program, as well as pass the certification exam. The majority of medical practices will only hire certified medical assistants.
How do you know if a medical assistant program is right for you?
You will need to decide if you want a medical assistant program that awards a medical assisting diploma or if a certificate program meets your needs. One key difference is length of time in school. Also, do you want to specialize in clinical or administrative medical assisting, or do you wish to do both? Some medical assisting schools offer externships through which you can gain valuable work experience.
What can you expect from a medical assistant career?
By pursuing a medical assistant career, you can enjoy the satisfaction of helping others who need medical attention. You can expect to work in a medical facility, such as a hospital or clinic. As a medical assistant, you are appreciated and a vital member of a healthcare team.
What skills and abilities can you gain from a medical assistant education?
Your medical assistant may include instruction in performing clinical and administrative tasks. Clinical tasks include taking patient medical histories, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, and much more. Administrative tasks include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, updating and filing medical records and other administrative duties. Medical assisting schools in Ohio should spell out the skills and duties you will learn to perform in their programs.
Does Ohio Business College offer day and evening medical assisting classes?
Yes, we do. At OBC, we understand that your personal and professional life is busy. To help you advance your career, achieve your professional goals, and make going back to school easier, we offer convenient day and evening medical assisting classes. Find upcoming medical assisting start dates for the Cleveland and Sandusky campuses.
What’s the difference between a Medical Assistant (MA) and a State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA)?
With so many career paths to choose from in the healthcare industry, it’s important you know what each path entails. While the MA and STNA career paths may seem similar, they actually differ in duties, setting, patients, team members, and salary. To learn the difference between an MA and an STNA, read our in-depth blog post on Choosing a Healthcare Career Path: Medical Assisting (MA) vs. State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA).
What jobs can you perform with an Ohio medical assisting diploma?
A medical assistant with a diploma from OBC, whether you complete the traditional diploma program or the medical assisting bridge program, is prepared for medical assisting work in any medical office. You can pursue the following jobs as a medical assistant:
• Medical Insurance Biller
• Medical Assistant
• Clinical Assistant
• Medical Office Manager
• Medical Front Office
• Medical Receptionist
Some specialty opportunities include:
• Cardiology medical assistant jobs
• Chiropractic medical assistant jobs
• EKG Technician jobs
• Family medicine medical assistant jobs
• Geriatrics medical assistant jobs
• Podiatry medical assistant jobs
• OB/GYN medical assistant jobs
• Orthopedic medical assistant jobs
• Oncology medical assistant jobs
• Pediatric medical assistant jobs
• Podiatry medical assistant jobs
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