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Medical Assistant Programs in Corpus Christi Want You!

A career in a medical environment offers variety far beyond the job of a doctor or nurse. Hospitals, clinics, health centers, nursing homes, and schools need trained professionals to assist in providing quality healthcare to patients. The job of a medical assistant can vary greatly, depending upon the size and scope of the practice that employs you. It also depends on individual state requirements regarding certain medical procedures like collecting lab samples or performing an ultrasound. Regardless of where you work, your first goal is to gain a good education to serve as a solid foundation for the rest of your career. There are many vocational training programs to choose from. 

Here’s what to expect from medical assistant programs in corpus christi.  


Medical assistants must learn and practice certain skills to thrive within the workplace. While you might already possess some of these skills inherently, others can be learned. A good training program will provide plenty of hands-on practice so you will be confident of your skills when you are applying for jobs.

  • Phone etiquette/customer service
  • Efficiency and organization
  • Basic medical procedures
  • Computer software


Job duties vary for medical assistants, depending on where you work. A medical assistant at a chiropractic office will likely have different duties than a medical assistant at a pediatrician’s office. Some of the most common duties performed by medical assistants include:

  • Answering phones/scheduling appointments
  • Drawing blood/administering injections
  • Ordering supplies
  • Preparing exam room for physician
  • Checking patients in
  • Recording patients’ medical history
  • Taking vital signs


Professional certification means you acquired enough knowledge and skills in your education to pass a state or federally certified exam. Although requirements vary by state, many employers look for certifications to verify your training. Completing the medical assistant program at Southern Careers Institute prepares you to take the following certification exams:

  • CCMA:  Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • CMAA: Medical Administrative Assistant
  • CPT: Certified Phlebotomy Technician
  • CET: Certified EKG Technician
  • CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • EHRS: Electronic Health Records Specialist
  • MICROSOFT WORD: Microsoft Word Certified

  Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for medical assistants is projected to grow by 29 percent until 2022. As the baby-boomer generation ages, healthcare continues to become a priority in our country. Physicians and specialists will need more help in order to meet higher patient quotas. Depending on your location, you can expect to make an annual salary of around $29,000 as a medical assistant. Earning an education from one of the medical assistant programs in Corpus Christi is a sure ticket to a promising future.

This article was published on: 09/14/15 3:13 PM

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