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TP722 in Tampa, Florida

37 months ago

Hello all,

From reading these forums I am getting nervous about applying to Medical assisting school.
In a couple months, I will be graduating with my BS in Health Science but immediately enrolling into a Medical assisting diploma [or associates degree] program in Augusta, GA. The associates degree sounds nice since about 3 quarters of work should transfer over from my bachelors but this school is private [ACICS accredited]..and not CAAHEP or ASBES, so I'm thinking about doing the diploma program which is so I can become a CMA later. My only concern is finding a job afterwards as well. I've recently decided that I want to get my Masters at a PA school and you need medical/healthcare experience before enrolling. Volunteering hours work for all schools, but some require paid work, and medical assisting was one of the recommended pre-req careers.

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TP722 in Tampa, Florida

37 months ago

The other part of the post:

My other question is [particularly for those with AS in MA], will my Bachelors help me with employment if I do not decide to get the Associates, because why spend more money (though I should get military benefits) and time if there's no guarantee I'd get a job? I also currently have office/clerical work experience.

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Tali in New Port Richey, Florida

36 months ago

Alane in Sarasota, Florida said: I am sorry to hear all the Medical Assistants are not being hired in your areas. I live in Florida and jobs in healthcare for Medical Assistants are in great demand. I used to be one myself and never had a problem finding work in Pittsburgh, PA. I have recruited for the Medical Society here in Florida and I
must say your resume is your first impression. Perhaps you need some help to perfect your resume. I can help
you if you'd like. Let me know. I have a nice resume
format for you to use. Write back if you want help.

hey can you send me a good resume example:)

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ayrshirelassi in Lafayette, Louisiana

36 months ago

Why do they say that you've got to have 1 year's experience? That's what they are saying in Louisiana. I'm multi-skilled. So I'm going to try and get a job as a secretary. If I have to I'll take Wal-mart.
I also sell Avon.

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liz in Columbus, Ohio

36 months ago

Alane in Sarasota, Florida said: I am sorry to hear all the Medical Assistants are not being hired in your areas. I live in Florida and jobs in healthcare for Medical Assistants are in great demand. I used to be one myself and never had a problem finding work in Pittsburgh, PA. I have recruited for the Medical Society here in Florida and I
must say your resume is your first impression. Perhaps you need some help to perfect your resume. I can help
you if you'd like. Let me know. I have a nice resume
format for you to use. Write back if you want help.

could you send me a copy please

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liz in Columbus, Ohio

36 months ago

could you send me a copy please of your resume. My email is lzrobinson35@yahoo.com

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Sheena in Augusta, Georgia

36 months ago

I graduated 3 years ago as a Medical Assistant; I tried to find a job and was told I had to be certified to get hired, so I went and got certified. Since then I've been turned down because "They found someone who better meets their needs" or because "I don't have enough experience". Now I want to know how are you supposed to get experience if you can't even get hired; I even tried volunteering to gain said experience; and was told there were no availabilities for volunteers. My credit report is a wreck, because of these student loans and all because of a very expensive piece of paper (my degree) that I have yet to put to use.
Before someone says "your not looking in the right place...you need to have faith" I have e-mailed my resume, faxed my resume and mailed my resume out to hospitals and clinics (sometime 3-4 times to the same hospitals) for 3 years and have yet to find anything.

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Paul in Tampa, Florida

36 months ago

Sheena in Augusta, Georgia said: I graduated 3 years ago as a Medical Assistant; I tried to find a job and was told I had to be certified to get hired, so I went and got certified. Since then I've been turned down because "They found someone who better meets their needs" or because "I don't have enough experience". Now I want to know how are you supposed to get experience if you can't even get hired; I even tried volunteering to gain said experience; and was told there were no availabilities for volunteers. My credit report is a wreck, because of these student loans and all because of a very expensive piece of paper (my degree) that I have yet to put to use.
Before someone says "your not looking in the right place...you need to have faith" I have e-mailed my resume, faxed my resume and mailed my resume out to hospitals and clinics (sometime 3-4 times to the same hospitals) for 3 years and have yet to find anything.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation Sheena. I'm in the same predicament as you also. I graduated in Sept. of 2010 and cannot find any work in the Medical Assistanting field because of lack of experience. I went as far as telling many of the managers that I spoke with and also via e-mail that I would be willing to work 2 weeks on a trial basis for NO PAY,and give them a chance to see if they want to hire me. No offers because I "lack the experience". Very frustrating....I read a lot of letters here with people stating things like "hang in there", or "god will make it work out for you", or "keep trying", but it's all BS. A total waste of 1 years time and $10,500.00. Best wishes to you my friend.....

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gloria peoples in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

35 months ago

rose in Gainesville, GA said: i got certified and no one wants to hire you because you don't have a year's experience. This is very disappointing to find out I went to school for nothing! i have faxed, hand delivered, called, replied to ads and nothing keep getting the same story everywhere

yet i get the same thing , i went to school, got certified , and just because i havent got a years experience or some, i get no calls, my counselor and me faxed over 20 resumes so far, no call backs but one, the funny thing is they were really looking for someone with 2 yeras experience, so i say as always , How am i to get experience if you dont hire me and train me your way. So frustrated not being able to get my foot in the door.

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eviej56 in Midlothian, Texas

35 months ago

Don't feel bad when I went to school in 2004 I was the oldest in the class 64 I asked if this was to old and they told me no. I wanted to be a phlebotomist and asked if there wasn't just a class for that. I was told I had to take the whole course Medical assistant as well. I graduated with a 3.9GPA. It is now 2011 and I am 70 I am a registered Phleb. and registered medical asst. and no one will hire me. I know it is because of my age as well as the experience.

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renette1976 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

35 months ago

rose in Gainesville, GA said: i got certified and no one wants to hire you because you don't have a year's experience. This is very disappointing to find out I went to school for nothing! i have faxed, hand delivered, called, replied to ads and nothing keep getting the same story everywhere

Do not give up. Look at local hospitals who have training programs available, internships, for those individuals who have completed the medical assisting programs. I am mid way of my medical assisting programs and I will not go to state board until Janurary for my certification. I have job offers and interviews for permanent positons. Try to apply for positions like technicians or doctor's assistant. The job can be the same only a different title. I work as a homemaker/patient care transportor for a local home health department. Have you tried these type of options? It is a lot out there. Try t he family practice you may have attended as a child or your primary care physician may know people. Always network. When you give up, you lose opportunities. Do not give up, just try a different route. I hope it is Helpful
Ren of Mississippi

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LIZ in Norwich, Connecticut

33 months ago

HI I GRADUATED IN 2009 I HAVE APPLIED IN A LOT OF PLACES AND CALLED ALSO AND THEY WONT HIRE ME BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE AT LEAST A YEAR EXPERIENCE.BUT HOW ARE WE GOING TO IF THEY DONT GIVE US A CHANCE.I FEEL THAT I ALSO WASTED MY TIME ENERGY AND EFFORT.

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renette from foxworth-columbia ms in Wiggins, Mississippi

33 months ago

Hello. Do not give up. Contact your career services department at school. Ask them to help you with resumes and how to explain the techniques that you learned through an application letter. Go to all the local clinics, nursing homes, physical therapy offices, people you know in t he field. You career advisor can contact the administration, set interviews, and just ask about part time, temp jobs. the titles may be different but look at the tasks and all the skills you can use. Ask to speak with the manager of the departments you are interested in. Review the medical assistant curriculm. Look at all options. I am graduating soon but my health is slowing me down. These are the ways I am being helped and people I know in the field for over 5 years said they were helped like this. Be patient, have faith, and aim for all goals necessary. Your door will open. I pray for all and I will ask Yeshua to make a move for you. Just believe and go out their with a smile and lots of time and energy. I am Renette. You can contact me at anytime. PIFF (Pay It Forward Forever!!! Much Live

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Healthnut2004 in Norman, Oklahoma

33 months ago

I can relate, I graduated in November 2011, and can't find a job!! It's so frustrating! I have applied to probably 25-30 places and have even been on a few interviews, but the always want at least 1yr. experience sometimes even 2 and 3yrs. experience! I don't know how they expect anyone to get experience if they won't hire you! Sometimes I think I wasted my time and money!! Hopefully something will come along soon!

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Matt, NCMA in Kaysville, Utah

33 months ago

Healthnut2004 in Norman, Oklahoma said: I can relate, I graduated in November 2011, and can't find a job!! It's so frustrating! I have applied to probably 25-30 places and have even been on a few interviews, but the always want at least 1yr. experience sometimes even 2 and 3yrs. experience! I don't know how they expect anyone to get experience if they won't hire you! Sometimes I think I wasted my time and money!! Hopefully something will come along soon!

Hi there, Try looking out of state, and volunteer your time at a free clinic, while you're looking. Keep putting out your resume. Talk to your career advisor at your school. Make your resume stand out from the others as well...

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Aaron in Tulsa, Oklahoma

32 months ago

hey guys, can anyone help me? i'm a registered medical assistant, just graduated from highschool and just got my certifications, but i can't find any jobs. i turned in a bunch of applications and called a lot of offices, but still no approvals. i'm beginning to think that being an RMA was a mistake

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Matt, NCMA in Garland, Texas

32 months ago

Aaron in Tulsa, Oklahoma said: hey guys, can anyone help me? i'm a registered medical assistant, just graduated from highschool and just got my certifications, but i can't find any jobs. i turned in a bunch of applications and called a lot of offices, but still no approvals. i'm beginning to think that being an RMA was a mistake

Hi there, You just have to keep applying, and go to job fairs, interviews when you are called. To gain experience try volunteering at a free clinic, at a Doctors office, or local Hospital. No body is going to hire without experience, that's just the way it is. Keep the faith...

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vphillip in Glen Allen, Virginia

32 months ago

yes i feel the same way. I to graduated from college two years a go. I tried and tried to find a job and could't fine one. Lucky i had my Certified nurses Aide licence and had to begin working as a nurses aide.Up to now i cant find a job as a RMA. The pay is so little as a medical Assistant . I make more money as a Nurses Assistant then those who i know are working as a RMA.
It is a crying shame we spend all that money to go to school for medical Assistant and still cant fine a job.BE encourage tied to go back to school for LPN or RN. If not try going for Certified nurses Assistant. you are sure to fine work. This is all they are asking for now.

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renette from foxworth-columbia ms in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

32 months ago

Thank you. My advisor responded to me. I am under the doctor's care right now. Hopefully next month, I can return to work and school. A letter will be written for an internship so that I can get more training. Thanks for your encouraging words and you have a blessed year..

Ren of the great state Mississippi

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renette from foxworth-columbia ms in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

32 months ago

I know. I lost 6 job offers due to sickness and the fact that I am not certified or able to move three to four hours away. It is a shame, but doors will open. Keep praying and talking to people you know. You might have to take a few classes to aide more credentials. Look for the job agencies in your home town to see if they have workforce assistance grants and talk to local hospitals, clinics, private nursing facilities, schools that have on campus clinics. Ask always about cross training. You seem to have a great tast of wisdom and perserverance. I have people looking out for me. Hopefully I will be released from the doctor by then. There is an agency named kelly services that place you in jobs. They are all over. Try them . they call me twice a week and let me know the jobs coming available. Maybe you can work weekends or nights if you are able. The website is kellyservices.com. Best Wishes. God Bless.

Ren

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renette from foxworth-columbia ms in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

32 months ago

Do your school offer letter of recommedation to conduct interns or externs? Ask if it is too late. You might have to apply for tech position in the er or a nursing home or mental intstitute. Ask the local doctors how you can gain experience or someone you know may can help you get a week end job or night job at a nursing home until an opening comes. It may be a different title. Look at the oportunity.? Best Wishes

Ren

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Mary in Marina, California

23 months ago

rose in Gainesville, GA said: i got certified and no one wants to hire you because you don't have a year's experience. This is very disappointing to find out I went to school for nothing! i have faxed, hand delivered, called, replied to ads and nothing keep getting the same story everywhere

All of these comments are interesting. I noticed that the people who can't find jobs don't know how to spell or capitalize, yet those who have found jobs apparently have a better grip on the English language. It might not be lack of experience that's keeping you from being hired. Also,if you have a job offer for less money than expected - why are you not TAKING IT? Stay for a year and find something better! Or, get experience by volunteering. Employers look for people who are motivated and able to problem solve. Medical assisting is a career that you have to build for yourself. The more you invest, the more you gain - no one is going to pave the way for you.

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Paul in Tampa, Florida

23 months ago

Mary in Marina, California said: All of these comments are interesting. I noticed that the people who can't find jobs don't know how to spell or capitalize, yet those who have found jobs apparently have a better grip on the English language. It might not be lack of experience that's keeping you from being hired. Also,if you have a job offer for less money than expected - why are you not TAKING IT? Stay for a year and find something better! Or, get experience by volunteering. Employers look for people who are motivated and able to problem solve. Medical assisting is a career that you have to build for yourself. The more you invest, the more you gain - no one is going to pave the way for you.

Maybe, in some cases, the lack of proper English usage is a detrimental factor Mary. I know for a fact that it is very dificult to gain employment in the medical field without experience.

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NYCtoVAtoTNorbust in Portsmouth, Virginia

22 months ago

I have been in this situation before. I would suggest to anyone fresh out of school trying to begin a new profession to start with the temp agencies. You can gain your experience through them.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

19 months ago

NYCtoVAtoTNorbust in Portsmouth, Virginia said: I have been in this situation before. I would suggest to anyone fresh out of school trying to begin a new profession to start with the temp agencies. You can gain your experience through them.

But even the Temp Agency here in California wants people with 2 years of experience.

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med homas in New York, New York

18 months ago

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant/Specialist
Learn more about exams.....
Duties: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.
Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.
Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
nccanow.com/medical_assistant_certification.html

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NINA in Morrisville, Pennsylvania

18 months ago

rose in Gainesville, GA said: i got certified and no one wants to hire you because you don't have a year's experience. This is very disappointing to find out I went to school for nothing! i have faxed, hand delivered, called, replied to ads and nothing keep getting the same story everywhere

This is what i had to do. I had to volunteer my services for free at a internal medicine practices. I only did this for two hours three times per week. Believe me it really works

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beginagainla in Bakersfield, California

18 months ago

MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California said: But even the Temp Agency here in California wants people with 2 years of experience.

If you live in California and need certification that you can put to use immediately, this ain't it. I know two people who graduated years ago and neither are able to land a job in this field. One is a young girl in her 20s; the other is a woman in her 40s. Neither have experience in the medical field but have the useless certificate.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

18 months ago

Emily, ventura ca in Ventura, California said: Hey out there, I am sing the same tune. Went to school and got Certified and did a month externship and was not hired.I have been to so many interviews and they say I will give you a call back. Well that does not happen either! I graduated in 12/05 and still not working in that field. They want someone experienced. Well give a chance to preform, Right? I am working as a CNA .That is not the field I need to be working in.Promies,Promises :(

I live in the San Fernando Valley and got certified through NCCT for Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy. I went to a adult school that was 10 weeks front and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy. Did my 300 blood draws at Kaiser in Woodland Hills, CA and have 1 1/2 weeks left on my MA externship. The other problem with no new grads is that if you find a had that will except new grads they also want you to speak fluent Spanish which I do not.

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Phlebotomy Training Spot in San Diego, California

18 months ago

Mike,

A good way to break into a job is to take the shifts that are less desirable. This typically means that you request taking night and weekend shifts to start.

It also may be easier to start at a smaller clinic. Good Luck!

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

18 months ago

Phlebotomy Training Spot in San Diego, California said: Mike,

A good way to break into a job is to take the shifts that are less desirable. This typically means that you request taking night and weekend shifts to start.

It also may be easier to start at a smaller clinic. Good Luck!

The other problem is here in Los Angeles they all want you to speak Spanish which I do not.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

17 months ago

Barb in Longview, Washington said: I just finished my 180 hrs of externship and reading your comments is kind of depressing. I had an interview last week and really hope it works out in my favor. Here's a little piece of advice. I'm sure you are all sending your resume and cover letters to the Human Resources . Also send them directly to the Clinic Managers. A nurse let me know that HR really can be slow and are the true gatekeepers of that stuff. When I was interviewed last week, the clinic manager told me that she was very impressed that I sent it directly to her. Give it a try. Also, I'm finding that if you go for the on call positions, it gets your foot in the door and your chances of future full-time employment are much greater. Good luck to you all.

That does not work for Craigslist. All you know sometimes is the type of practice and the city the doctor's office is in. On Craigslist they are all private doctors with a few staff.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

17 months ago

Phlebotomy Training Spot in San Diego, California said: Mike,

A good way to break into a job is to take the shifts that are less desirable. This typically means that you request taking night and weekend shifts to start.

It also may be easier to start at a smaller clinic. Good Luck!

Most of the adds (Craigslist, Indeed, Simplyhired, careerbuilder, monster)are all private doctors with a few staff. And their office hours are M-F 8-5:30 or so.

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med homas in manhattan, New York

17 months ago

GUYS HERE IS THE THING

when you are a new graduate employer wants to know wether you have the certification or training completed or not.
Then they would want to know wether the training was done properly or not
like
were you clinically assessed or tested, or was the hands on training enough, after all this they want to see wether you have worked somewhere or not.
for this you can start working as a volunteer, and gain some experience atleast
Certification is just a means to assuring the employer that you know the skills to perform the duties cause the certification exams are a 2 part exam clinical and theory exam hence successfully completing both the part wil lead to something atleast.

Once done do take a liability insurance just in case .

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Tonita Boatner in Chula Vista, California

17 months ago

I just graduated from Kaplan as an MA and I had an excellent externship. A MA quit at the clinic and I thought I would be hired to replace her. I found out, as with many externship sites, they are not hiring because they are using new students to do the work so they don't have to hire another person. This has got to change. I've applied for so many jobs. It's just been 1 month since I've been out of school but, after reading the blogs, I can see many new MA's are having a hard time finding a job as a new graduate with no experience. Would getting a certification help? I plan on taking the exam June 28th.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

17 months ago

I live just north of Los Angeles. I must have sent out about 50 resumes and only had 1 interview. Everyone wants at least 1 year of experience and alot want bilingual Spanish. I completed my 160 hours of MA externship this past April (and my externship site had no openings either) and am unable to find a MA job. I am national certified as a MA and sent my paperwork to the state for phlebotomy licence.

The problem is there are a lot of MA programs graduating new grads who are in the same boat. I will continue to send out 50 or 60 more resumes, what ever it takes. Someone will hire a new grad I hope.

My program was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

17 months ago

med homas in manhattan, New York said: GUYS HERE IS THE THING

when you are a new graduate employer wants to know wether you have the certification or training completed or not.
Then they would want to know wether the training was done properly or not
like
were you clinically assessed or tested, or was the hands on training enough, after all this they want to see wether you have worked somewhere or not.
for this you can start working as a volunteer, and gain some experience atleast
Certification is just a means to assuring the employer that you know the skills to perform the duties cause the certification exams are a 2 part exam clinical and theory exam hence successfully completing both the part wil lead to something atleast.

Once done do take a liability insurance just in case .

I live just north of Los Angeles. My National Certification was through NCCT and was only about 160 questions. My program was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy. I completed my 160 hrs MA externship this past April but every one wants at least 1 year experience and alot want bilingual Spanish. So far I have sent out about 50 resumes and only had 1 interview.

I do not know what 2 part certification exam you are referring to.

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Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey

17 months ago

the 2 part homas is trying to explain is the
Standard Eligibility Requirements:
Our Medical Assistant Certification exams are divided into two sections
(Competency Check + Theory)

Two Sections:

1) Competency Check
A. Medical Assistant Skills - checklist
EKG- Minimum 20 Test Strips (check your state requirements for minimum requirements)
Phlebotomy- Minimum 40 sticks (check your state requirements for minimum requirements)

Academic Institution has to submit the minimum numbers of test strips practiced on the National Certification Career Association practical log sheet.

B. Competency checklist as a part of the final practical test assessed by the instructor.

The instructor has to assess the candidate on the basis of the competency checklist allotted by National Certification Career Association to the academic institution.

2) Theory Components
A. Proof of Training to be submitted by the institution.(Certificate of completion)
B. Final multiple choice exam. (100 Questions)

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Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey

17 months ago

Applying for a job is difficult but try to gain more and more voluntary experience as this is the only easy way out.

Certification is good to have but try to have as many certifications as possible, cause if you are a medical assistant then you should be applying for almost 7 certifications

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant/Specialist
Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (Clinical)
Certified EKG Technician (Clinical)
Certified Medical Billing & Coding
Certified Medical Administrative Assistants/Office Specialist
Certified Medical Software/Insurance/Pre-authorization Specialist
if you have this i think it will be better, many students are having this package of certification to make them more marketable.

I think its www.nccanow.com
the only thing is that their clinical exams are based on your skills which mean you might have to perform skills exam and then appear for the knowledge based exam.

Having more certification shows the employers that you have atleast attained a basic speciality in diffirent areas so he can assign you a lot of work, this will really change your impression on the employer.

There are many association which gives a package for Medical Assistant Students

National Certification Career Association www.nccanow.com
National Testing Center www.prometric.com

I have seen this to be a beneficial for many of the students
hope this helps.

Please comment and share your thought.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

17 months ago

That does not work that way for my MA program. We had all the training and the school is not required to submit anything to any certifying agency. The only thing I had to submit to NCCT to be national certified as a MA was to pass the 160 question test and submit a copy of the certificate of administrative and clinical Medical Assisting completion. My program was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy.

The state of California does require to be licensed as a phlebotomist 1. Basic and Advanced class in phlebotomy, pass a national test such as NCCT for phlebotomy, externship with at least 50 venipunctures and skin punctures and a $100 fee. The license takes about 90 days to be processed. Which means you cannot work as a phlebotomist in the State of California without first being licensed.

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med homas in manhattan, New York

17 months ago

may be its diffirent for california, but you can stil get certified for ekg ,medical billing and coding and others, its a good option but it all depends on the state in which you are .

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Tonita Boatner in Chula Vista, California

17 months ago

@ Stephanie, thank you soooo much for providing the information on the different types of certifications. You are right, having all these certs will definitely make you marketable. Unfortunately, it's a shame that because we don't have the experiences, we can't get hired. Volunteering is a big one as well. I learned about this about a year ago. I was laid off and could not find a job but, I started Volunteering and put it on my resume and it helped me to get a job. Again, thanks.

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Tonita Boatner in Chula Vista, California

17 months ago

med homas in manhattan, New York said: may be its diffirent for california, but you can stil get certified for ekg ,medical billing and coding and others, its a good option but it all depends on the state in which you are .

I believe California is the same as other states. The more certs the better it is. I've searched many job posting and they are asking for certs. One thing I'm learning from this is that, the more you know and have it will help you stand out from the crowd.

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Tonita Boatner in Chula Vista, California

17 months ago

Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey said: Applying for a job is difficult but try to gain more and more voluntary experience as this is the only easy way out.

Certification is good to have but try to have as many certifications as possible, cause if you are a medical assistant then you should be applying for almost 7 certifications

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant/Specialist
Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (Clinical)
Certified EKG Technician (Clinical)
Certified Medical Billing & Coding
Certified Medical Administrative Assistants/Office Specialist
Certified Medical Software/Insurance/Pre-authorization Specialist
if you have this i think it will be better, many students are having this package of certification to make them more marketable.

I think its www.nccanow.com
the only thing is that their clinical exams are based on your skills which mean you might have to perform skills exam and then appear for the knowledge based exam.

Please comment and share your thought.

Thank you soooo much for providing the information on the different types of certifications. You are right, having all these certs will definitely make you marketable. Unfortunately, it's a shame that because we don't have the experiences, we can't get hired. Volunteering is a big one as well. I learned about this about a year ago. I was laid off and could not find a job but, I started Volunteering and put it on my resume and it helped me to get a job.

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med homas in manhattan, New York

17 months ago

yes thats true having more certification will definately get you more benefit but its only that the schools are not even offering it, they just want you to have one certification and out you go. which is wronge because if they know the right way to go, they should tell this to all the students, once i completed the school i got certified in 7 diffirent certification it two me over a months to sit for all the exams one by one but eventually i passed all of them it was agreat experience, as we learned it the hard way, so get as many certificates as possible as this is very important.
Me and few of my friends got it through National Certification Career Association, the only thing it that the certification will test you on clinical skills and theory mulitple choice, but its always good cause your employer is always looking for hands on skilled person.

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med homas in manhattan, New York

17 months ago

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Tonita Boatner in Chula Vista, California

17 months ago

MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California said: That does not work that way for my MA program. We had all the training and the school is not required to submit anything to any certifying agency. The only thing I had to submit to NCCT to be national certified as a MA was to pass the 160 question test and submit a copy of the certificate of administrative and clinical Medical Assisting completion. My program was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy.

The state of California does require to be licensed as a phlebotomist 1. Basic and Advanced class in phlebotomy, pass a national test such as NCCT for phlebotomy, externship with at least 50 venipunctures and skin punctures and a $100 fee. The license takes about 90 days to be processed. Which means you cannot work as a phlebotomist in the State of California without first being licensed.

Mike, it doesn't hurt to get all the certs. It will make you more marketable. I live in Cali as well and they don't tell you that we need these but, it will help. Are you in the USAF? If so, for how long?

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med homas in manhattan, New York

17 months ago

yes cause when we finished our program our school set us up with the national certification career association,
Then National Certification Career Association requested a copy of the transcript more like a sample from the school and based on the trancript we were eligible to take 7 diffirent certification and this was amazing cause otehr schools charge you for all this program seperately, hence we gave it as passed all of those.
Also the www.nccanow.com gave us the option to sit for the package exam with is a combination of maximum 7 certs if eligible so its a very good option.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

17 months ago

I was in medical administration. I did 11 years active and 11 years reserves and retired in 2003 from the reserves.

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Tonita Boatner in Chula Vista, California

17 months ago

TP722 in Tampa, Florida said: The other part of the post:

My other question is [particularly for those with AS in MA], will my Bachelors help me with employment if I do not decide to get the Associates, because why spend more money (though I should get military benefits) and time if there's no guarantee I'd get a job? I also currently have office/ clerical work experience.

If I can recommend anything, I would say, NOT do MA but, get your LVN/LPN or RN. It depends on what you will be using, your BS or medical. If you are using the medical route, again, get your LVN/LPN or RN because it will be hard to get a job, as you have read in many post, in the MA field especially when you start. It's been 1 month and I have not even gotten an interview. I've sent out numerous resumes and NO interviews. Good luck.

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