Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers!  BCI’s medical assistant program is a great way for students looking to enter the medical field to gain the education and experience they need.  At BCI, our medical assistant program will train you to perform the most essential clinical skills in a realistic lab environment in order to set you on your career path to success.  Here are 7 reasons why you should become a medical assistant with the help of BCI!

Quickly certified – There are a few different paths to becoming a medical assistant, but you can earn a diploma in as little as 15 months, and an associates degree in as little as 19 months.  All medical assistants are required to pass the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam.  Passing this exam earns participants the credential of CMA which is highly coveted and will permanently mark you as a professional in your field.

Above average job growthThe projected job growth for medical assistants is projected at 29% through the year 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare”, has been evidently overwhelming for hospitals across the country.  Millions of people have gained health coverage and the number of new patients in U.S. hospitals will continue to rise.  There is a shortage of medical assistants and the gap needs to be filled by experienced and entry level health care professionals.

Work in a variety of different settingsMedical assistants can work in a variety of different settings, such as hospitals, clinics, private practices, and ambulatory care.  Wherever you choose to work, you will be meeting people from all walks of life.  In addition to interacting with physicians and medical staff, you’ll get to know patients and a countless number of people who make their way in and out of facilities every day.

Career stability Working in medicine is a non-stop job.  There is a need for surgeons, nurses, and medical assistants 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Once you become a medical assistant, the days of scrambling for extra shifts or competing with co-workers for more hours are gone.

Flexible schedules Just because there is a need for medical assistants 24/7, does not mean that YOU need to work 24/7.  Both full-time and part-time positions are almost always available to medical assistants.  The skills of a medical assistant are in demand in hospitals and clinics across the country, so no matter where you are or what your schedule is, there’s always a need for you!

Advancement opportunities After earning a certification as a medical assistant, you will have an abundance of opportunities to advance in the medical field. After gaining some experience, a lot of medical assistants advance to the position of office manager, which brings more responsibilities and higher compensation.

Personal fulfillmentBehind every physician, there’s a medical assistant who helps make things happen.  The term “assistant” is somewhat misleading, medical assistants play almost as large a role as physicians do.  Working as a medical assistant takes a lot of heart and dedication and there is no greater accomplishment for a caring people-person than to work in a field that strives to help people on a daily basis.

Interested in entering this fast-growing field? Contact us today for more information!