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Real-World Skills You Need to Succeed at Medical Assistant Schools in San Antonio

To succeed at medical assistant schools in San Antonio, you need to possess real world skills. Click here to read about the most important. As a medical assistant, you will need to carry out a range of medical tasks (which may include administering injections, drawing blood, and reading vitals), work closely with medical staff and patients, and work on administrative tasks.

At medical assistant schools in San Antonio, you’ll receive instruction in all of these and will gain certifications to show potential employers. However these skills alone are insufficient to prepare you for a position at a care facility. To succeed in the field, you’ll also need to possess a number of real-world skills.


Good speaking skills are essential as a medical assistant. You will often need to explain procedures, answer questions, and assure patients when who are feeling worried. However, communication skills expand beyond speaking — you will also need to listen to patients’ concerns and pay close attention to doctors and nurses when they give you instructions.

As a medical assistant, you are responsible for providing patients and their family members with emotional support. You need to treat everyone with respect, which may mean dismissing negative sentiments about a particular patient and avoiding judgment.

Medical assistants constantly switch between tasks, changing from one patient to another, moving from clinical work to the office. To keep track and ensure you carry out all your duties at the right times, you’ll need to possess excellent organizational skills.

Problem Solving
As you progress in your career, you’ll gain more responsibilities and will be expected to solve problems without the support of a supervisor. Issues that may crop up could be related to patients (from queries to medical emergencies) or administration (such as insurance disputes). You’ll need to be able to think on your feet to solve problems in a timely manner.

Calm and Collected
At times, work may become stressful, particularly if you are working with numerous patients at once or you receive unpleasant test results. You will need to avoid succumbing to the pressure and to your emotions, carrying out tasks to the same high quality as always. Even if you feel frustrated, sad, or worried, you’ll need to stay positive around patients. The best way to fine tune the above skills is to practice. Look for medical assistant schools in San Antonio that offer real-world training, where you can put your skills into action. This will ensure you feel fully prepared for a job after you graduate.

This article was published on: 02/5/19 1:02 AM

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Business Accounting

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Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


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Business Accounting

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