Broadview University Program Spotlight: Medical Assistant
Published on September 6, 2017 by Broadview University
There’s a big demand for medical assistants today. In fact, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts this field is expected to grow much faster than the average occupation. This growth, according to the Department of Labor, is due in part to an aging population and an increasing number of facilities.
Today on the Broadview blog, we’ll take a look at this profession and how BVU prepares you for a rewarding career with its associate degree in medical assistant.
Medical Assistant Overview
Medical assistants are a vital part of a healthcare team, from the front office to the exam room. They can perform a variety of functions, including:
- Taking patients’ vital signs
- Recording health history
- Assisting with examinations and procedures
- Administering medications (as permitted by state law)
- Preparing lab samples
- Scheduling appointments
- Billing and coding
Some medical assistants may have specializations based on where they work. For example, someone working with an eye doctor may have different day-to-day duties than someone else employed in a surgery center.
Medical Assistants: In the Classroom at BVU
Broadview University offers a medical assistant associate degree program. Students attending full-time can complete this program in as few as 18 months. Our curriculum introduces you to medical terminology, administrative processes, and industry issues and regulations. You core courses include:
- Introduction to Clinical Skills
- Patient Care Sciences I & II
- Applied Ethics
At Broadview, you’ll learn in classrooms and medical labs. You’ll be led by faculty members who’ve worked in the medical field and will share knowledge and first-hand experiences with you.
Medical Assistants: In the Field
Hands-on experience is an important component of our medical assistant program. All BVU students participate in a six-week externship program. This on-site learning opportunity allows you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a real medical setting. We’ll help secure an externship site for you, typically at a facility within 50 miles of your home campus.
Medical Assistants: After Graduation
Broadview University has been serving students in our communities for more than 40 years. Over time, we’ve also established relationships with local healthcare organizations. Our graduates have found employment at facilities such as:
- Boise Valley Asthma and Allergy Clinic
- Spine Institute of Idaho
- Jordan Valley Dermatology Center
- Ogden Clinic
- Uinta Basin Medical Center
Our career services team is here to help future medical assistants with preparing resumes, getting ready for interviews, and finding positions. As a graduate of Broadview’s program, you also may be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam, a credential that demonstrates your knowledge of standard clinical and administrative procedures. This CMA-certification can help you stand out among other applicants.
If you’re interested in working with patients or helping a medical facility operate smoothly, consider a career as a medical assistant. Learn more about our associate degree program.