Deciding On Trade School

When I graduated from high school, I just didn't feel right about going to college. I didn't want to deal with the strict instructors, annoying student body, and frustrating curriculum. However, since I wanted a career, I decided that it might be smart to see about going to a trade school instead. I figured that I would be able to learn the same information, without all of the hassle that typically surrounds traditional college. I can't even begin to describe how right I was. I went to trade school to learn the art of HVAC, and I have developed a successful career.

Four Mistakes To Avoid When Pursuing A Medical Assistance Career


Being a medical assistant is very rewarding and profitable career. However, when you pursue this profession, it's important to be aware of the potential mistakes that can be made when entering into this profession. With patience and self-confidence, you can enter this profession on the right foot.

1. Don't Assume There Is Only One Way to Become a Medical Assistant

Understand the different ways that you can become a medical assistant. If you might find one path to be inconvenient, keep in mind that there are other paths you may be able to take. You can participate in an online training program or a hybrid program. A hybrid program is where you receive some of your training online but also have to participate in laboratory training in-person. However, there are also circumstances where you can receive on-the-job training.

2. Don't Overlook the Value of Online Training

If you need an income immediately, you might be tempted to look for a medical assistant job and receive your training on the job. However, the downside of this approach is that you will not receive as much training as if you were participating in an online program. With online courses, an instructor can answer your questions and you can learn at your own pace. It's relatively easy to work a job while also taking online courses. 

3. Don't Forget to Check If the School is Accredited

If you want to secure a great medical assistant position, you'll want to obtain a medical assistant associate degree from a program that is accredited by a national accrediting agency such as the NHA or the AAMA. There are some organizations that offer national certification but which are not accredited.

4. Don't Limit Yourself When Looking for a Job

You will need to broaden your search once you have completed your medical assistant program so that you can obtain experience. Otherwise, it is much more difficult to find a job as a medical assistant. Expand your search for a job to include chiropractors and podiatrists. After working at a smaller facility for awhile, you can work your way up to your dream job. 

Fortunately, medical assistant programs will often come with job placement services. You will also want to become a member of a local AAMA chapter. By becoming a member, you will be able to make contacts that will help you obtain a job as part of a medical assistant program.


28 October 2019