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How I became a medical assistant | My first MA job

Hello Loves,

Today I wanted to share with you all how I became a medical assistant.

I have been a medical assistant for about 8 years and I love it.

I went to Coyne College, formally Coyne American Institute, in 2006-2007. The program is 7-10 months. They offered either a diploma or associates degree. I opted for the diploma program because it was shorter by five months and I wanted to start working sooner.

The classes you take:
  • Computers in the Medical Office
  • Medical Terminology
  • Law and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Basic Insurance and Billing
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Medical Assisting Externship
Each class is three weeks long, and they offer either day or evening classes. That helps so much for people who must continue to work while in school. There is a sim lab, where we learned and practiced to give injections, draw blood and how to take vitals. We learned CPR.   The instructors really want you to succeed and do well. When you are getting ready to do your externship the staff help you build your resume, prep for an interview and even send students to a store to help them with the proper professional attire for an interview for students who are unable to get the attire they need. Your instructor does help you get an interview for your externship. 

I got my certification through the American Medical Technologist, AMT.


My First job: 

I was taking my girls to a dentist appointment, whom shared a space with a doctor. The doctor had a help wanted sign and I inquired about it. Turns out the front desk receptionist was leaving. I didn't think I had a chance as I had no experience. Low and behold the doctor called me and I was hired as her receptionist and medical assistant, even though I had not completed school. I worked for her for about a year and a half and gained so much experience. 



I really enjoyed my time at Coyne college and their medical assistant program:

More on Coyne College:
http://www.coynecollege.edu/medical-assistant-classes





What's in my bag-School edition


Hello love bugs,

I'm so excited to be back to blogging. My blog got all screwy, and I couldn't recover it, damn error 404! It was the death of me...but thank Goodness it's back.

For those of you that don't know, (unless you follow my Instagram) I'm currently back in school to finish my prerequisites for Nursing, I'm so exciting. So I decided my first post of the year and to celebrate being back, I would do a what's in my bag-school edition.

My bag:

I use this basic black back pack, I got on Amazon. It's ok, holds everything I need, including my laptop. The bad thing about it is that it collects lint like nobodies business.

Books:

This semester I'm only taking one class, biology. It's a great class but really tough. My favorite portion is the lab. I've come to realize I'm a visual learner, so doing hands on activities helps a lot. 

Essentials:


I carry a ½ inch binder, for my power points. We cover two chapters a week so I just carry the current chapters as to not carry to much. A folder for any sheets, test and quizzes she hands us back. A notebook to take notes. I carry my agenda to jot down assignments and exam dates. 

Writing utensils:


I bought this adorably cute pencil pouch on etsy. How perfect for taking a biology class or any science class. The seller is Sewing Scientist Jen on etsy. My favorite pens are this paper mate black ball point pens. highlighters from sharpy that have the little clear viewing window, I always over highlight. I have these steadler gen pens, they are pretty good, and the only ones I really like. Then we have the basics, white out tape, eraser, and a flash drive. I do carry matches.

Makeup:


I do carry a makeup pouch. I bought this one a few years ago at sephora. I carry this mostly because I go to school right after work and after 8-10 hours I look pretty rank, so I need to freshen up.  I carry a mini mascara, lip balm, lip crayon from Nars, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, a lip gloss, a small eye shadow palette and a blush/bronzer from elf, and makeup brushes. A few hair ties and bobby pins and comb. 

Electronics:


These are the gadgets I take with me to school. I don't take them to every class, but sometimes I need them. My iPhone is ALWAYS with me. I currently have the rose gold iPhone 7+ and I freaking love it. also always with me is my apple watch, I have the rose gold 38 mm. Then there's my iPad mini, this is one device I don't always have but sometimes I need it. Finally my MacBook Pro 13in. Again, a device I don't always bring with me, but I was doing a group project and needed it. I don't type my notes on the computer while in class, major kudos to those students that can type notes as the professor lectures, I envy you. With gadgets comes cables. I carry this pouch to hold my charger for my iPhone/iPad, and MacBook charger. I actually bought an extra charger for my MacBook because since I actually don't  bring my MacBook often, I found that when I do, I always forget the darn charger. Lastly, earbuds and a little stand for my iPhone and/or iPad.

Wallet:


I carry this Louis Vuitton key pouch, and in it I carry my school ID, we have to scan our ID's in order to gain access, a debit card, a card to print and I don't carry lots of cash on me but when I do have cash, it's usually just a couple of singles for the vending machines. I try to carry snacks with me, so I don't buy junk food, because oh how I love my hot cheetos!!!!!!!!!!!!!


What do you carry in your back pack? Anything I'm missing!

Love you lots!