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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





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