What Jobs Could You Land With Medical Assistant Training?
In the growing field of healthcare, more and more students are choosing to study medicine. While becoming a doctor requires a great investment of time and money, you can get in on the action and growth in more ways than one. There are, in fact, numerous careers and medical assistant jobs and medical office jobs that are just waiting for highly skilled professionals to fill the gap when you complete your Medical Assistant training.
At Lincoln Tech, you can learn and acquire those sought-after skills by completing the Medical Assisting career training program. Because the medical field is so vast, you won't be limited to doctor’s offices in any role, and certainly not as a medical assistant. Countless practices need medical assistants, too, such as podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists and other health specialists.
Once you've graduated from Lincoln's Medical Assisting program, you will be qualified and ready to work as an:
- Medical Office Assistant - Office medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health practitioners. They work alongside doctors, nurses and other workers found in medical settings. They generally work full time, and because many healthcare facilities are open at night and on the weekends, medical assistants are often required to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings and weekends.
- EKG Technician - An EKG (Electrocardiogram) tech will interact with patients and administer EKG tests, as well as interpret the results. This role is typically needed in hospitals, physicians' offices or other facilities that perform diagnostic testing alongside doctors and nurses. Good communication skills are an essential tool to have because EKG technicians deal with patients all day. The tests are also performed on patients who are nervous, so it helps when technicians have a caring and compassionate nature to serve as a calming presence for the patient.
- Phlebotomy Technician - A phlebotomy tech will collect and test patient blood samples. This includes obtaining medical history and taking vitals. Phlebotomy technicians may also collect and process other clinical specimens in hospitals, physicians’ offices or independent labs. Because phlebotomists are exposed to blood-borne contaminants and diseases, they must possess a high level of expertise and be extremely cautious while getting samples. The environment and collection instruments need to be completely sterile.
- Unit/Ward Clerk in hospital - This role will manage the administrative tasks on the clinical side and help medical staff. The people in these positions often function as medical secretaries or administrative assistants. As the first point of contact to a patient, it is important that this person is warm and welcoming. The clerk greets patients when they first arrive at the location, receiving their medical records and entering their information into systems and requests.
- Claims Examiner - Claims examiners predominantly validate health insurance claims. They help protect the company from fraud while simultaneously ensuring that patients get the required medical care. Part of the claims examiner's role includes determining whether further investigation is needed. If an examiner decides a filing is just, it is paid and processed. If the treatment is deemed unnecessary, it is referred to an investigator.
- Adjuster/Processor for insurance companies - When insurance information isn't black and white, medical insurance claims adjusters/processors decide whether an insurance policy covers a particular medical procedure. This requires an understanding of medical lingo and a degree of comfort with explaining misconceptions or misinformation about the coverage a particular policy provides to a patient. A processor makes sure that the patient has filled out all of the forms completely and fills in any blanks by contacting the patient. This role is also responsible for verifying that the procedure took place.
Turn your interest in the medical field into action. With the comprehensive medical assistant program at Lincoln Tech, you will be able to fulfill your dreams of working in any number of these jobs. Plus you can take advantage of Lincoln Tech’s unique, convenient Blended Learning curriculum, which allows you to complete some coursework online from home while making the most of your time spent on campus!
Medical Assisting is a career field with opportunities projected for serious growth around the country! If you’re ready to start exploring pathways to a wide range of medical assistant jobs, you can train at Lincoln Tech campuses in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.