Healthcare is in a period of change … which is changing the landscape for the medical assistant (MA). They are in greater demand, are being tasked with more responsibilities — and in many cases, are being rewarded for it.
In honor of today’s National Pharmacy Technician Day, we want to highlight one more way pharmacy technicians are making a difference in their pharmacies and communities.
Pharmacy technician roles have evolved and techs have embraced many new opportunities and have excelled in them. Whether performing MTM duties or compounding, techs are an important part of the day-to-day functions of all pharmacies, helping to improve patient safety and quality of life. One valuable tech skill in particular will be put to use on this year's "Check Your Meds Day:" collecting and documenting accurate medication histories.
Here’s good news for potential and about-to-graduate MAs: Jobs in medical assisting are growing - fast.
For aspiring medical assistants interested in keeping up with the trend, there are a few statistics to be aware of:
First, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - which is a U.S. government agency that reports on employment and labor statistics- reports that employment of medical assistants is expected to increase 23 percent from 2014 to 2024. The BLS calculates that the average growth of all jobs in all fields is seven percent - so medical assisting is seeing some huge growth.
Today kicks off the first day of Medical Assistant Recognition Weekand it’s never been a better time to be a medical assistant!
As the healthcare field grows and changes, the role of the medical assistant has grown, too - there are more and more MAs working on healthcare teams, and the scope of work for medical assistants has grown. Here are some reasons why it’s a great time to be an MA:
What do you know about medical assisting? Here at NHA, we've watched this allied health career evolve into a profession that's respected and rewarding in so many ways. In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, here are five things you might not know about medical assisting.
Done in collaboration with North Shore Physican Group
Laura Nichols, a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) at North Shore Physician Group (NSPG) has experienced first-hand the evolution of the medical assistant. Her role has changed for the better, and she has taken full advantage of professional development and career opportunities offered to her by NSPG.
You know that feeling when you open a textbook and the words start to blend together? You aren’t sure what to focus on and before you know it hours have passed and you haven’t made any progress.
We’ve all been there. But when you’re preparing for an National Healthcareer Association exam, there’s a better way. Without further ado, here’s our No. 1 tip for preparing for your certification exam:
Study the right material.
The healthcare industry is undergoing major shifts, and it’s affecting patients and healthcare workers alike.
“We knew our care team was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that needed to be accomplished on a daily basis,” says Lindsay Gainer, Director of Clinical Services and Innovation at North Shore Physician Group. “Additionally, patients were also impacted by long wait times and decreased level of service. We wanted to deliver care in a new and more efficient way, and we knew we needed to make big changes to accomplish that goal.”
If you’re looking to embark on an allied health career, you’ve likely researched education and training options. There are hundreds of specialized training programs and career colleges that can help you learn the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as an allied health professional, whether you’re looking to become a medical assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist or any other allied health professional.