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Where Being a Medical Assistant Can Take You


Becoming a medical assistant is a great way to get into healthcare. But after you get that first job, what’s next?

Becoming a medical assistant is one of the quickest ways to enter the world of healthcare. If you’re looking to get a good job in a growing field fast, becoming an MA is the way to go. But after you’ve taken the courses and gotten a position, what then? What are the career advancement options for a medical assistant?

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Medical assistants can choose from several specializations

Healthcare is a field of almost unlimited specializations, and medical assistants are no exception. Finding an MA specialization is one of the best ways to make yourself more in-demand. It also means finding a field that truly interests you and that you enjoy working in. Medical assistants specialize in everything from internal medicine to transplant surgery and oncology. It would be impossible to name all their options, but every branch and level of medicine has to have specialized experts carrying out daily administrative and clinical tasks. Your choices for a specialization are as vast as healthcare itself!

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You’ll have a leg up on further medical education

If you want to become a nurse, the education and experience you’ll get as a medical assistant will make a difference in your training. You’ll probably find clinicals and coursework more manageable than other students who go in without experience. Much (though not all) of the material you’ll encounter will look familiar. As a veteran of the medical world, you’ll probably be much more at ease with the technical and professional aspects of the material, as well as building upon your existing knowledge base. While other students are learning the ropes of the world of healthcare, you’ll be climbing them. After all, you’ve been here before.

Or maybe you want to be on the other side of the classroom. By becoming a medical assistant instructor, you can pass on your knowledge to the next generation of MAs. Who knows? You might even work at Ameritech someday!

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Medical assistants get valuable real-world experience

No matter what you choose to do after your first medical assistant job, you’ll always have experience that makes you more dynamic and interesting as both an employee and a person. If you want to become a nurse, your MA experience will serve you well. If you want to enter another field, potential employers will almost certainly think highly of your MA experience.

And, of course, there’s always the option of being an MA for the long haul. After all, medical assistants are in demand and an integral part of healthcare. We’re always going to need them! “Advancement” can mean many things to many people. If you want to advance into a job that offers security, good pay, and a chance to make a difference in the lives of others, then become a medical assistant.

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