Your 3 Cs for Success in a Medical Assisting Career

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Are you ready to dedicate yourself to a career as a medical assistant? You’ll want to do all you can to help your patients and find your own personal success. But how? Here’s what you need to know:


At the very heart of the medical assisting career is a desire to help others. That’s why you chose a career in healthcare, right? Compassion and empathy—the ability to really relate to your patients and what they’re going through—will be the foundation on which you can build a rewarding career as a medical assistant.

When patients and their families come into a healthcare facility, they’re often anxious and scared. They don’t know what to expect from tests, treatments and procedures. They don’t even know for sure that they’ll get better. Your job is to comfort them the best you can. A positive attitude and an encouraging word of understanding can go a long way to make them feel better—and even get better!


How are your patients going to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself? One way to become confident in your own abilities is to have solid knowledge, skills, and experience. Medical assistant training can teach you about human anatomy and physiology, patient care, and the technology found in today’s modern healthcare setting. Add experience through an externship in a local clinic, physician’s office, or hospital, and you’ll know you know your stuff.


In healthcare settings, lives are lost and saved every day. It can be highly stressful for physicians, nurses, staff, and patients. If you’re easily frazzled when the going gets tough, you may not have what it takes to be a medical assistant. On the other hand, if you thrive in a face-paced environment and can stay calm under pressure, you might be a perfect match for this rewarding healthcare career.

Emergencies are common in hospitals and clinics. It’s what you do when those situations arise that can make all the difference. Put your patients’ welfare first. Remember your training and remain calm. Take deep breaths and focus on the problem at hand and how you can help. Follow the instructions of attending physicians and nurses and don’t do anything to get in the way of treatment.

At Charter College, you can train to become a Medical Assistant in as little as 10 months in Alaska, California, New Mexico, Montana and Washington. Interested in learning more about this or any of our healthcare programs? Contact us today and we’ll help you get started.