Pros of Earning Your Medical Assisting Degree Online
If you are interested in pursuing a medical assisting degree and need flexibility in your learning schedule, the online program could be a great fit for you!
If you’re looking to start a quick career in healthcare, consider becoming a medical assistant. Medical assistants are caring, competent and committed professionals who play a vital role in patient care in doctor’s offices, clinics and many other settings.
If you are interested in pursuing medical assisting degree and need flexibility in your learning schedule, the online program could be a great fit for you!
What do you do as a medical assistant?
As a medical assistant, you can expect to work closely with physicians, registered nurses (RNs) and their patients. Medical assistants are a huge help to doctors and nurses and improve care by working directly with patients. You will work in fast-paced environments such as medical facilities.
On the clinical side, you’ll be under the direction of a physician. Duties could include:
Recording medical histories
Measuring vital signs
Drawing blood and pregnancy tests
Preparing exam rooms, equipment, instruments and patients for exams
Assisting with minor surgical procedures
Administrative medical assistants might have duties such as:
Managing the phones
Organizing files and medical records
Managing mail correspondence
Planning and scheduling meetings
Managing administrative projects
What can you do with a medical assisting degree?
Similar to nurses, medical assistants can specialize within their field. Once you have earned your medical assisting degree, you can choose to work in a clinical or administrative role. Possible job titles include:
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Office Manager
What are the benefits of earning my degree online?
Many who choose an online program over an in-person one are looking to fit their studies into a busy professional and/or personal schedule.
“The biggest benefit of earning your degree online is that you work at your own pace each week. You’ll learn all the skills necessary to enter into healthcare as an entry-level medical assistant,” said Alberta Smith, Herzing’s Medical Assisting Program Chair. “You’ll also work with a proctor on your lab competencies, compete for an externship at a medical facility and take a certification exam that will open more doors to employment opportunities.”
What are the differences between the online program and the in-person program?
Other than being able to work at your own pace online, the two programs are very similar.
“There is no difference in the material you learn from attending an online medical assisting program,” Smith said. “You’ll learn all the clinical and administrative skills necessary to be a successful medical assistant in the field and demonstrate them to your proctor. Then you can apply all those skills to your externship, which is where you’ll work in the field with a physician and assist with patient procedures.”
What should a prospective medical assistant know before pursuing a career in the field?
Aside from clinical and administrative skills you’ll gain from both work experience and education, there are a few qualities that will help you become a successful medical assistant:
A personal passion and devotion to healthcare
Ability to connect with people in a caring, respectful and engaging way
Strong organizational skills
A positive attitude
Professional approach to work
Does this sound like you? Take the first step with Herzing University, to earn a degree that provides you with the skills and experience you need to launch your career.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.