Medical Administrative Assistant

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Life and Times of A Medical Administrative Assistant


With the plethora of industries, preferences, and job prospects, selecting the right career is not an easy decision. Have you thought about healthcare as an option? Careers in this industry are prevalent and offer many choices. Not just confined to doctors and nurses, you can opt for medical support work such as medical administrative assistant. Medical administrative assistants can work in health clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices, or specialty medical practices.

Your job duties can range from maintaining administrative and medical records, corresponding with patients, billing fees, processing insurance claims, and more. However, you do not help conduct clinical tasks. As with any potential career, you have to assess if becoming a medical administrative assistant at Southern Careers Institute or other college is right for you. Here are some pros and cons to do work to help you decide:

Pros of Becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant

  • You can easily transfer your skills to administrative jobs in healthcare or other related industries.
  • The career outlook is projected to grow at a rate of 36% between 2012 and 2022.
  • You have the potential to obtain work in any city or town where healthcare facilities exist.
  • You can obtain relevant education is less than a year.
  • After your certificate you can also obtain additional certifications.

Cons of Becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant

  • The work may be a fast-paced, high-stress environment.
  • Depending on the facility, you may be required to work nights and/or weekends.
  • The median salary is in the lower range – under $32,000 as of May 2013.
  • Advancement and salary increases are possible, but often requires additional, formal training.

Other Options in the Healthcare Industry

Being a medical administrative assistant is only one of many supporting careers in the healthcare industry. Other programs you can consider taking from Southern Careers Institute or other colleges include the following:

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants manage and complete both administrative and clinical duties for general practitioners, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health care professionals. While the tasks depend on the specialty and size of the facility, medical assistants typically record patient history, schedule appointments, measure vital signs, help with patient examinations, prepare blood for testing, administrator injections as directed by the supervising professional, and more. You can obtain your training within two years at an accredited college such as Southern Careers Institute.

Medical Office Specialist

A medical office specialist covers a wide variety of medical administrative tasks, technical work, and client service. For example, they may handle billing processes, schedule appointments, transcribe recordings, assist in patient treatment areas, renew prescriptions, and more. These specialists often have a certificate from a vocational college.

You Have Choices

Which career path is for you? If you want a profession in healthcare, you have many choices. You can get more details from Southern Careers Institute about the programs above and get ready for a rewarding career today.    

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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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