Why Medical Assistants are Vital for Healthcare

~ Submitted by Amy Zobel, Medical Program Chair

“Medical Assistants at the Heart of Health Care.”  Thank you to all of our students that have chosen this path for their career!  Medical Assistant Recognition Week is celebrated every third week in October across the nation.  Globe University Sioux Falls will be celebrating with a high school health day open to seniors from 10-2 on Tuesday October 16, 2012.

Medical Assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform many different tasks.  Globe students are taught administrative skills, lab, x-ray, and clinical skills. With their versatility medical assistants are proving to be the choice for this decade and beyond.

Presently, there are approximately 417,000 medical assistants now working in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The number of medical assisting jobs is expected to increase to approximately 565,000 by 2016, according to the BLS.  Approximately 62 percent of medical assistants work in private physicians’ offices, while others are providing medical assisting services in clinics, group practices and similar facilities.  Medical assistants provide essential support services that range from drawing blood and performing basic medical tests to maintaining medical records and doing the office’s insurance billing.

For more information on Medical Assistants as a career visit our websiteThe American Association of Medical Assistants is the premier organization serving the professional interests and educational needs of medical assistants.  It provides many services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and helps keep them there!

Happy Medical Assistants Week from all of us at Globe University- Sioux Falls!!