Medical Assistant Certificate Training in Phoenix AZ
- 15650 N Black Canyon Hwy #210, Phoenix, AZ
Allen School of Health Sciences brings our longstanding tradition of excellence in Medical Assistant training to Phoenix, AZ. Since 1961, we have been providing healthcare education to students preparing for a career in the medical field. At the Allen School, you can achieve your educational goals quickly while still receiving the professional experience and hands-on training needed to thrive in a career as a Medical Assistant.
There’s never been a better time to explore an MA program in Arizona:
- Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.**
- As the large Baby Boomer generation ages and the population of Phoenix continues to grow, an increase in demand for Medical Assistants has presented itself.
Is Medical Assisting the Right Career for You?
For many Allen School students and graduates, their journey towards becoming a medical assistant began with a big dream: to find and pursue a career that made it possible to help others every single day. If you’re interested in the healthcare field and enjoy making a positive difference in the lives of others, a career as a medical assistant might be the ideal fit.
Because medical assisting is such a versatile career path, your day-to-day job can take shape in many different ways and a variety of settings. For many Allen School students in the medical assistant training program, it is this flexibility that attracted them to the field. Depending on your professional goals, you can choose a specific job type and focus within the medical assisting field, so you can enjoy doing the exact type of work that interests you most.
To successfully pursue a career as a medical assistant, it’s important that you are prepared to learn new skills and improve your existing knowledge constantly. The healthcare field is always evolving, making it an exciting industry to be a part of. Additionally, because you’ll typically be working closely with patients, part of being an excellent medical assistant is the ability to be friendly, patient, and understanding.
Finally, be prepared to take on new challenges and have a positive, flexible attitude. Medical assistants play important roles in healthcare offices everywhere, and their responsibilities may include a wide variety of duties including both administrative and clinical. For Allen School students and new graduates, it’s exciting to think about the many forms their future career can take.
What Does a Medical Assistant Do?
A medical assistant is responsible for a wide range of tasks in a healthcare office, with job responsibilities typically including both clinical and administrative tasks. Depending on the specific work environment, including factors such as location, office specialty, state law, and practice size, a medical assistant’s job description may vary somewhat. In general, you can expect to be interacting with both patients and other medical professionals on a daily basis.
Here are some of the typical tasks a medical assistant may expect to encounter on the job:
Medical Assistant Administrative Duties
- Answering telephone calls
- Greeting patients and helping them sign in as needed
- Scheduling patient appointments
- Arranging lab services and hospital admissions
- Filing and updating patient medical records
- Completing and coding insurance forms
- Managing patient billing and payment processes
- Utilizing office computer applications as needed to complete daily tasks
Medical Assistant Clinical Duties
- Collecting information to complete medical histories
- Preparing patients for the examination process
- Educating patients on treatments, procedures, and medication
- Assisting the physician as needed
- Collecting lab specimens and performing basic lab tests, including drawing blood
- Administering (and preparing as needed) medication
- Communicating prescription refills when directed
- Taking electrocardiograms and other basic tests
- Changing dressings and removing sutures
There are also specialized medical assistants that perform highly specific roles, such as patient liaison, patient-centered medical home care team member, and more. These job types may require special or additional certification and training.
Where Can You Work as a Medical Assistant?
Medical assistants are an integral part of a variety of healthcare facilities, including physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. No matter what type of facility you work in, you can typically expect to work closely alongside doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to successfully deliver care and services to patients.
What Training or Education is Required to Become a Medical Assistant?
Specific training and certification requirements may vary from state to state, but you will generally need to complete a formal medical assistant training program successfully. To learn more about the Allen School and our excellent medical assistant training program in Phoenix, contact our admissions team today.
Providing Phoenix with the Highest Quality of Medical Assistant Education
Allen School's centrally located Phoenix campus makes it easy for you to attend a highly respected Medical Assistant school. Our program is designed to train you in everything you need to prepare for your Medical Assistant certification while still focusing on helping you graduate quickly. After graduation, you can work at a doctor’s office, hospital, clinic, surgery center, home care organization or nonprofit that serves those in medical need. The opportunities are almost endless.
We structure our classes in a manner that can support your busy lifestyle, so even if you are already employed and looking to advance your career or are caring for your family, we can work with you to find a schedule that meets your needs. All of our students receive specialized hands-on clinical training and the knowledge you need to make a difference in your new career.
We also have strategic partnerships with healthcare organizations throughout the region that can place you in an internship that will allow you to hone your skills in the real world.
Medical Assistants are a cornerstone of nearly every healthcare facility. You can become an essential member of both the clinical and administrative functions of caring for people in need. You can work with medical professionals in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital. Our Phoenix campus prepares you to play an essential role in the day-to-day functions of healthcare offices of all types and sizes.Learn More
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The Allen School of Health Sciences Equips You with Everything You Need
What can you expect to learn as part of our program?
- Learn about the greater infrastructure of healthcare and how the US healthcare system and how health insurance works.
- Gain professional interpersonal telephone skills, appointment scheduling, medical records management and patient billing.
- Attain a holistic understanding of what the body does, how it works together and how to spot common illnesses.
- Computer literacy, word processing and writing business letters and memos are vital to success.
- Train to measure patients’ blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration and other vitals.
- Acquire skills related to EKG, phlebotomy (blood drawing), urinalysis and more.
- You’ll learn how to put patients at ease and get them to trust you more readily.
- Understand how the law and professional practices apply to your career.
- You’ll put it all in writing with resume and interview skills to help you land the job you want.