Medical assistants play a very valuable role, but they are NOT nurses !
Medical assistants play a very valuable
role, but they are NOT nurses !

On-The-Job Training for Medical Assistants

Medical assistants (MA) work in hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices providing assistance to patients, doctors and other health care providers. Although preferred by some employers, a MA is not required to go through formal medical assistant training nor obtain a license to practice as a medical assistant, prior to employment. Some employers who utilize the skills of medical assistants offer on-the-job training for those who have not completed a traditional MA training program. On-the-job training is often designed to meet the specific needs of the employers. This type of training only teaches medical assistants what they need to know to work for that employer.

Paid and Non-paid Training

Employers may offer paid or non-paid on-the-job training for those hired to work as medical assistants. Employer based training programs vary in length. The information taught during these programs is dependent upon the job duties of the MA as well as the needs of the health care facility in which they will work. Some employers offer on-the-job training that takes place on-site. Others may send new hires through training programs held elsewhere. Some employers may offer to pay the new medical assistants while they complete their training. Others offer on-the-job training for medical assistants but may choose not to pay them until the training is completed and they are working within the health care facility.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is when a new medical assistants follows, or shadows, an experienced medical assistant. This gives them the opportunity to learn medical assisting skills and gain real-life experience caring for patients and assisting doctors and other health care professionals.

Experienced medical assistants provide systematic instructions on how to perform procedures, treatments, assessments and clerical skills necessary to work as a medical assistant for that employer. With the help of more experienced medical assistants, job shadowing provides new MA the opportunity to ask questions and develop their own techniques for performing assessments, providing treatments or assisting doctors with procedures.

 

 

Article Written by Rachel Dennis

Rachel Dennis works as both a professional writer and health care provider. She has been a licensed health care provider since 1998, with work experience as a medical assistant, certified nursing assistant and emergency medical technician. She has been writing since 1994 and has been published both on-line and in print.

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5 Responses to “On-The-Job Training for Medical Assistants”
  1. Laura Ellison says:

    I am seeking a paid medical assistant program in the North/northeast Indianapolis area.

  2. Kang Zoua says:

    i’ve trying to find a job within the medical office field have no luck, no one had called me an interview. i received a mos certificate but no job. looks like no one wants to hire though i think that i can do pretty well in this field because it was a job training i did and we worked on various things in this field. gosh feel so depress and stress because even though my resume looks good still no one call me or email for an interview….and everything else they say they want experience but how can you get experience if the employer doesn’t even hire one!!? am i right?!?!….this is ridiculous for employers to say they want an experienced medical office or ma worker….i think that it should go by how well you do the job and the service you provide for people and patients. so what’s the whole of me having a medical office certificate if i can’t even get a job!!!

  3. LEEANN MARTIN says:

    I have certificates in Medical Assiting, Phleboltomist,EKG Technican, Billing and Coding, but I have no clinical experience. My question is how do I get experience if know one will give me a job? I reside in Fort Walton Beach, Fl. and have looked every where here for on the job training which I have not found yet.I would like a answer to my question.

  4. Christie says:

    I wrote on the job training site, still no answer, so wondering if there is real medical related on the job training opportunity in Metro Vancouver area? Thank you

  5. Nancy Gonzalez says:

    I’m dealing with the same problem how can you learn if no one hires someone with no experience? We were taught in class everything we have certificates, why can’t we have a chance? Very frustrating and makes us feel no worthy😓Please help us out!!!!

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