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What is the best way to study for being a medical assistant ?

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Hediye’s Answer

Hi Kenyi,
I agree with Talia Jackson and would start with American Red Cross first Aid & CPR / AED training. Many local community colleges have 1 year programs to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or medical office assistant (MOA) which allows you to work in a hospital, nursing home, opt patient clinic or home health in the case of CNA and out patient clinic in the case of a MOA. You can also probably take a summer course to become a phlebotomist and work in a hospital lab or blood donation center. I took a semester long course back in the day to become and emergency medical technician (EMT) where you can work with an ambulance crew. I went on to nursing versus paramedic training.

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Hedy Scheeler APRN
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Talia’s Answer

Hi Kenyi,
An option to get introduced to the field might be studying and working towards an EMT certification. Red Cross, and many local government programs have local initiatives and virtual training opportunities to get started. https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/emt
There are also a few different certification programs for becoming a medical assistant (CMA), etc. Check out a few of these programs and their best tips for how to achieve the certification, and start working towards it to see if the fit is right. You may not have all of the requirements to take the exam, but it will help you know what it would take and you can define where you should start your efforts. https://cmaexamacademy.com/pass-the-cma-exam/
Thank you comment icon You rock! This advice is very helpful. Kenyi
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Megan’s Answer

Schooling is definitely where you should start! Building a solid foundation of knowledge will help you immensely. Pay attention, master the skills, the rest will come with time. I do not suggest a 2 year degree. You can get one from a community c cheaper. I hope this helps and good luck!
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