Becoming a Medical Assistant (MA) is an ideal way to jumpstart your healthcare career.  This entry-level position plays a vital role in the provision of medical services to a diverse group of patients in a variety of settings. For example, a MA working for a primary care physician could see patients ranging from newborns to the very elderly. MAs also get to experience treating many different conditions, such as administering medications in a long-term care facility to fitting orthotics for a podiatrist. Most times, the Medical Assistant is the patient’s first point of contact with the medical staff, which makes the need for qualified MAs even greater.

With the growing demand for healthcare providers, the good news is that you can become a Medical Assistant fairly quickly. Through the AIAM Medical Assisting Program, you can become a MA in as few as nine months, and you don’t need any formal education; a high school diploma or GED is sufficient. The MA training can open the door to many other opportunities, such as becoming nationally certified or making the segue into training to become a nurse.

Many healthcare consumers are taking a much more active approach to managing their healthcare and are embracing more complementary and holistic treatments such as massage therapy and acupuncture. As a Medical Assistant, it’s important that you understand how these modalities work in conjunction with traditional medicine or as stand-alone treatment. You have the opportunity be part of an interdisciplinary team that integrates a patient’s physical, mental and spiritual needs into the care plan. That is what sets AIAM’s Medical Assisting Program apart for others. Our focus is treating the person as a whole, not just a set of symptoms.

At AIAM, you learn how to effectively communicate with patients who are undergoing complementary medical therapies and as well as physicians, nurses and technicians. You will also obtain valuable insight into treatment approaches other than those offered by traditional medicine, which will help you gain patients’ trust. This balanced perspective will broaden your skillset and make you more marketable in the future; which will be especially beneficial as the demand for alternative therapies grows.

If you want to learn more about becoming a Medical Assistant through AIAM’s program, visit our website. We have financial aid packages available to students who qualify. If you want a rewarding career where you can make a difference in the lives of others, earn a steady income (often with benefits), and have plenty of opportunity for advancement, contact us today. The AIAM is dedicated to helping our students succeed.