Medical Assistant Training: Why Medical Assistants are Important During a Pandemic

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During a pandemic, Medical Assistants are front-line essential employees in the healthcare field. These in-demand healthcare workers are vital to any operation that is in charge of treating a large influx of patients who are in various stages of a highly infectious illness.

If you are looking for a new job in the medical field that is secure but doesn’t require a 4-year degree or if you have already been in search of training as a medical assistant, Southern Careers Institute can help. We feature an accredited medical assistant training program that thoroughly prepares graduates for certification and employment in as little as 36 weeks.  

Medical Assistant Duties

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants handle the administrative and clerical jobs connected to patient care in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and physicians’ offices. This first point of contact position is extremely important especially during a pandemic. This is because additional trained medical personnel is often at a premium.

The medical assistant’s main duties include the following:

  • Recording patients’ medical history and personal information
  • Measuring vital signs such as temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and weight
  • Helping physicians with examinations
  • Giving injections and administering medications as directed by physicians and permitted by state law
  • Preparing laboratory samples
  • Managing medical records
  • Scheduling patient appointments and follow-ups


What are some medical assistant jobs? Administrative medical assistants code patients’ medical information and fill out insurance and other pertinent forms. They must also be competent in word processing software and electronic health records management.

Clinical medical assistants participate in a variety of tasks. They draw blood and collect other samples, change dressings, remove stitches, prepare patients for x-rays, dispose of contaminated supplies, sterilize equipment, and instruct patients in at-home care and special diets.

The medical assistant’s job during a pandemic is important not only for helping patients in getting care but in tracking cases as well. Their efforts greatly help in treating those who are already infected.  And they help flatten the curve of new cases.

Medical Assistant Certification in Texas

In Texas, medical assistants are certified through the state medical board. In addition to the Certified Medical Assistant credentials, graduates of a medical assistant training program are eligible to sit for various certification examinations. These include phlebotomy technician, EKG technician, medical administrative assistant, electronic health records specialist, CPR, and Microsoft Word.

Training for these certifications includes coursework in various subjects. These include anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, EKG, CPR, phlebotomy, diseases of the human body, lab procedures, medical terminology, medical law, pharmacology, medical billing, clinical skills, communication, and customer service. At Southern Careers Institute, students can complete their studies and be ready to sit for certification exams in 36 weeks, with full-time enrollment.   

Medical Assistant Training at Southern Careers Institute

Medical assistants are in great need during a pandemic. If you are ready to start on the path to your new career as a medical assistant, contact Southern Careers Institute today. Our medical assistant training program is offered at the Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, Waco, San Antonio-South, and San Antonio-North campuses.  




This article was published on: 07/21/20 4:00 AM

What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


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.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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