Being a medical assistant is rewarding work, but you may be wondering how to take your career to the next level. There are lots of options for medical assistants to move upward, and many of these pathways only require another certification and not a full degree.
As you delve into potential opportunities, think about what’s important to you. Is going back to school a deal-breaker? Do you have an annual salary goal? And finally, what on-the-job duties do you most enjoy?
If you live in Palm Beach and are starting to explore your choices, we have a starter guide to help you. We’ll lay out some possibilities and show you any further education you’ll need for each career path. We also include information about the average annual salary in Florida so you can make an informed decision.
You don’t need to do a full degree program to advance your skills as a medical assistant. Instead, you can choose a medical specialty after you get some general experience as an MA. Once you choose a specialty, you can do any additional certifications for that field.
So what kind of specialties can you choose from? Luckily, the pathways are endless and you can have your pick. It all depends on what interests you the most.
Some options include:
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
Keep in mind this isn’t a complete list. That means you have plenty of room to explore your interests and choose accordingly.
Many medical assistants choose to further their education and become nurses, and it’s a great option. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) predicts a 9% growth by 2030 in the US for registered nurses. Qualified nurses are needed throughout the nation.
To get started on your path, you’ll need to earn your Associate’s degree in nursing before you take the NCLEX-RN exam. Cambridge’s program at the Delray Beach campus is 90 weeks long and offers mentoring from active professionals in the field. Plus you may have qualifying credits from your MA program that transfer over to your RN program.
In Florida, the annual average salary of nurses is $72,000. Florida is also in the top five states for the highest level of employment for registered nurses. You’ll get to enjoy job stability, a higher wage and direct experience with patient care.
In nursing, you can also align your career with your interests and choose a specialty, such as pediatric care, emergency medicine or oncology.
Choosing the next step in your career can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone. Call our advisors at 877-206-4279 or send us a message to get information about programs and your questions answered.