After You Graduate
The job market for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average and prospects are excellent. Most medical assistants are employed by physicians, but hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and other health practitioners (such as chiropractors and optometrists) also hire medical assistants.
Candidates with formal training are most likely to be hired, and Miami Dade College is a great place to receive that training. With experienced instructors and state-of-the-art facilities, you will be equipped with the knowledge and experience employers seek.
The median salary for medical assistants is $28,650, and experienced assistants can earn $32,000, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. Experience, education, and geography all play a role in your earning potential.
Continuing Your Education
A Medical Assisting certificate provides you with the tools to attain employment, but it also opens doors to further educational opportunities at the College.
Upon graduating from the Medical Assisting program and having all prerequisites met, you may apply to the MDC Bridge Nursing Program. Upon completion of the program, you may also take the following certification exams: x-ray technician, phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician, EKG technician.
Graduates from the Medical Assisting program are eligible to take the American Medical Technologies Certification exam in order to become a Registered Medical Assistant. Becoming a Registered Medical Assistant is optional for the graduates of the program. It is however, highly recommended. It is required if the student is applying for Nursing Bridge Program.
If you are interested in becoming a Registered Medical Assistant, you may request an application from:
American Medical Technologies
710 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-5765