Palm Beach is ripe with opportunities for students ready to enter the medical field. Can’t decide whether you want to pursue a career as a medical assistant or a phlebotomist? There are some things you should know about each to make the best decision for you.
What You Need to Know About a Career as a Medical Assistant
Want to know what it’s like being a medical assistant? Many students who have completed the program and landed their perfect position say that it’s a rewarding career with new experiences daily. As a medical assistant, you’ll:
- Spend your time providing hands-on care to patients: Medical assistants help patients through their care. For example, you may administer medications, perform injections, prep patients for exams and more.
- Have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings: Medical assistants work in a wide range of healthcare settings such as clinics, doctor’s offices and long-term care centers. You can choose the perfect place for you and your goals.
- Support healthcare professionals: You’ll support many healthcare professionals daily, including doctors, nurses, patient care technicians and surgeons.
To become a medical assistant, you’ll need to attend an accredited college or university Medical Assistant Certificate program. You’ll then need to obtain certification from the RMA, CMA or NCCT.
What You Need to Know About a Career as a Phlebotomist
Just like medical assistants, phlebotomy technicians are a critical part of patient care. As a phlebotomy technician you’ll:
- Help medical professionals diagnose medical conditions: Phlebotomists draw blood and bodily fluids to help diagnose illnesses and chronic medical conditions. Through your work, you’ll help patients receive the care they need to heal.
- Sample and test blood and other bodily fluids: You’ll need to perform venipunctures to obtain blood for samples. You’ll also need to handle and test other fluids, depending on the patient’s needs.
- Be able to choose where you want to work: Just like medical assistants, phlebotomists work in a wide range of settings from labs to specialty care facilities.
To become a phlebotomist, you’ll need a certificate from an accredited college or university. Cambridge’s Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program only takes 11 weeks to complete. Once finished, you’ll need to obtain certification from the NHA to begin employment.
Want to Become a Medical Assistant or Phlebotomist in Palm Beach?
If a career in the medical field seems like the perfect next step for you, we’re here to help you reach your goals. To learn more about our programs or to apply today, give us a call at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.