Recently I have been asked why an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting has advantages over getting a diploma in Medical Assisting.
- Enhanced personal and professional development.
- Effective communication skills with patients and co-workers.
- Enhancing on the job training with your extern site.
The degree is a fast-paced program. It is business focused which sets the stage for leadership and management opportunities. The degree can be obtained in the classroom on-ground or on-line to fit your schedule.
So, why add the Associate’s Degree to the Diploma program classes? This more detailed level of qualification gives you a wider range of skills. It also goes into depth on more complex topics such as Leadership Development, Critical Thinking, and Business. All of these will make you more marketable to future employers.
An added benefit is that you get training for higher level skills. This includes Human Resources, Marketing, Management, and Business Law which puts you in a much stronger position when applying for jobs. This will help you get promoted into higher paying roles more quickly where you will have the responsibility of managing other Medical Assistants and front office staff.
Lastly, if you later want to take your career in new directions such as becoming a Medical Assistant Instructor, then you may be better positioned than someone who has the diploma level of qualification.
By: Stacey Wolfe
MA Instructor at CCC since February, 2007. Nationally certified as a CMA (AAMA), AHA BLS CPR Instructor and NCCT CPI. Professional experience in emergency and cardiology. Currently Co-Department Head of the Medical Assisting Program.
Want to learn more about maintaining or achieving health, teaching others about health and working in a career that uses this knowledge? Contact Community Care College and ask about our Medical Assistant program. We educate and prepare you to work in the fast growing professional field of Medical Assisting. After completing our program you are also qualified to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ national certification exam to become a CMA (AAMA), which is recognized in all fifty states!