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CR to offer Medical Assisting in fall
By Paul DeMark
Jul 18, 2014 - 5:41:51 PM

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CR will be offering a 14-week training to become a nationally certified medical assistant. Nationally certified medical assistants can work in multiple health care settings including medical offices.

CR is offering a free informational meeting for all people interested in learning more about attending classes to become a certified medical assistant.

The Medical Assisting class starts Sept. 15, so people who are interested are asked to attend the meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at CR’s Eureka Downtown Site, 525 D Street, Eureka to learn about the program. Information about the Medical Assisting Informational Meeting is available at http://www.redwoods.edu, in the community education link or call 707-476-4500 or 707-834-5702.

People become Medical Assistants for various reasons, one former CR Medical Assistant student said that “for me Medical Assisting is a stepping stone to a career in Nursing or as a Physician’s Assistant.”

“I’ve been a CNA for 30 years and was ready for a higher level of training,” said another graduate of CR’s Medical Assisting program.

CR offers Medical Assisting in addition to its other Health Occupations programs. The medical assisting class will cover skills for both front office and back office work and will include basic patient care, EKG’s, injection and venipuncture certificates and more. Experience
in medical assisting can provide entrance into other health care related careers.

CR will offer this class through CR’s Business Training Center to support the community’s need for skilled medical assistants.

The CR Business Training Center focus on increasing the employment related skills of the District’s workforce by providing appropriate practical training to present and future employees. To meet the instructor and learn more about the class, attend the Informational meeting on July 23.

The 14-week class will include classroom training, laboratory practice, and a clinical externship in a local healthcare facility. Upon successful completion of the class, students will sit for the national medical assisting examination. After achieving national certification graduates will be able to work in medical offices, and other healthcare facilities.

This is a rigorous career class that is “doable but requires lots of hard work, support from your family so you have time for class and studying” says another graduate. Men frequently enjoy the Medical Assisting career field, one male student said that “this is probably the hardest course I’ve ever done, but I am meeting the challenge and having fun. Because this profession is mostly female I believe that there is a real niche for us men” in the local healthcare workforce.

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