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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Assistants in Norman, Oklahoma

Medical assistants can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Norman, Oklahoma area. Currently, 6,970 people work as medical assistants in Oklahoma. This is expected to grow by 19% to 8,260 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for medical assistants are expected to grow by about 33.9%. Medical assistants generally perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician.

Medical assistants earn about $11 per hour or $24,370 yearly on average in Oklahoma and about $13 hourly or $28,300 per year on average nationally. Earnings for medical assistants are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Medical and Dental Assistance in Oklahoma and not quite as good as general Medical and Dental Assistance category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: respiratory therapist assistant, optometrist assistant, and chiropractic assistant.

There are ten schools within twenty-five miles of Norman where you can study to be a medical assistant, among thirty-seven schools of higher education total in the Norman area. The most common level of education for medical assistants is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a medical assistant if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. They also administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

Medical assistants ready treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean. They also interview clients to obtain medical data and measure their vital signs and height. Equally important, medical assistants have to show clients to examination rooms and ready them for the physician. They are often called upon to help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments and materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures. They are expected to record patients' medical history, vital statistics and data such as test results in medical archives. Finally, medical assistants greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic.

Every day, medical assistants are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for medical assistants to inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies and apparatus. They are often called upon to change dressings on wounds. They also contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission. They are sometimes expected to run routine laboratory tests and sample analyses. Somewhat less frequently, medical assistants are also expected to greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic.

Medical assistants sometimes are asked to keep financial reports and execute other bookkeeping duties. They also have to be able to execute general office duties such as answering telephones, taking dictation or completing insurance forms and clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies. And finally, they sometimes have to authorize drug refills and furnish prescription data to pharmacies.

Like many other jobs, medical assistants must be thorough and dependable and be able to deal with stress and deal with situations calmly.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Norman include:

  • Dental Assistant. Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.
  • Medical Equipment Technician. Prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Medical Assistant Training

Mid-America Technology Center - Wayne, OK

Mid-America Technology Center, 27438 State Hwy 59, Wayne, OK 73095-0210. Mid-America Technology Center is a small school located in Wayne, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 777 students. Mid-America Technology Center has a one to two year program in Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Specialties which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

Vatterott College - Oklahoma City, OK

Vatterott College, 4621 NW 23, Oklahoma City, OK 73127. Vatterott College is a small college located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 310 students. Vatterott College has 3 areas of study related to Medical Assistant. They are:

  • Medical Office Assistant/Specialist, one to two year which graduated 71 students in 2008.
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder, associate's degree which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant, associate's degree which graduated 36 students in 2008.

Platt College-OKC Central Campus - Oklahoma City, OK

Platt College-OKC Central Campus, 309 S Ann Arbor, Oklahoma City, OK 73128-1112. Platt College-OKC Central Campus is a small college located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 215 students. Platt College-OKC Central Campus has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated ten students in 2008.

Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center - Choctaw, OK

Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, 4601 N Choctaw Rd, Choctaw, OK 73020-9017. Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center is a small school located in Choctaw, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 478 students. Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center has a one to two year program in Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Specialties which graduated ten students in 2008.

Oklahoma Health Academy - Moore, OK

Oklahoma Health Academy, 1939 N. Moore Avenue, Moore, OK 73160. Oklahoma Health Academy is a small school located in Moore, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 120 students. Oklahoma Health Academy has 2 areas of study related to Medical Assistant. They are:

  • Medical Office Assistant/Specialist, less than one year.
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant, less than one year which graduated 25 students in 2008.

Oklahoma Technology Institute - Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma Technology Institute, 9801 N Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Oklahoma Technology Institute is a small school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 38 students. Oklahoma Technology Institute has a less than one year program in Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder.

Heritage College - Oklahoma City, OK

Heritage College, 7100 S. I-35 Service Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73149. Heritage College is a small college located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 740 students. Heritage College has an associate's degree program in Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Specialties which graduated 170 students in 2008.

Oklahoma City Community College - Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73159-9987. Oklahoma City Community College is a large college located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 12,550 students. Oklahoma City Community College has an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Metro Technology Centers - Oklahoma City, OK

Metro Technology Centers, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111-5240. Metro Technology Centers is a small school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 987 students. Metro Technology Centers has 2 areas of study related to Medical Assistant. They are:

  • Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary, less than one year and one to two year which graduated seventeen and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant, one to two year which graduated 11 students in 2008.

Moore Norman Technology Center - Norman, OK

Moore Norman Technology Center, 4701 12th Avenue NW, Norman, OK 73069-8399. Moore Norman Technology Center is a small school located in Norman, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 857 students and an admission rate of 61%. Moore Norman Technology Center has a one to two year program in Medical Office Management/Administration which graduated fourteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Medical Assistant: The CMA (AAMA) is considered the gold standard of medical assisting professionalism.

For more information, see the American Association of Medical Assistants website.

Registered Health Information Technician: With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor's degree.

For more information, see the American Health Information Management Association website.

Certified Coding Associate: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recognizes that the demand for coders has never been greater, and this need is expected to continue for some years to come.

For more information, see the American Health Information Management Association website.

Medical Assistant: A Medical Assistant (MA) is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the physician office laboratory.

For more information, see the American Medical Technologists website.

Medical LabTechnician: All laboratory professionals, including Medical Technologists, Medical Laboratory Technicians and Medical Laboratory Assistants have long played a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease.

For more information, see the American Medical Technologists website.

Donor Phlebotomy Technician: This certification is for current Phlebotomy Technicians who take blood from patients for testing or for a blood bank, prepare samples for testing, and carry out those tests.

For more information, see the American Society for Clinical Pathology website.

Corporate Certified Opthalmic Assistant: A certification for employees of companies that supply products and services to the.

For more information, see the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology website.

Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist: The Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) is typically employed or contracted by a health care organization including, but not limited to, health plans, group practices, credentialing verification organizations or hospitals (health systems).

For more information, see the National Association of Medical Services Staff website.

Certified Medical Coder: Experienced medical office professionals with exceptional coding skills are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Coder (CMC) exam.

For more information, see the Practice Management Institute website.

LICENSES

Advanced Unlicensed Assistive Person

Licensing agency: Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Address: 2915 North Classen Boulevard, Suite 524, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Phone: (405) 962-1800
Website: Oklahoma Board of Nursing

LOCATION INFORMATION: Norman, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma photo by Okguy

Norman is located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. It has a population of over 106,957, which has grown by 11.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Norman, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Norman are priced at $184,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixteen new homes were built in Norman, up from four hundred nineteen the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Norman are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 21 minutes. More than 39.8% of Norman residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Norman is 4.7%, which is less than Oklahoma's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Norman residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Alameda Baptist Church, Alameda Church of Christ and All Welcome Victory Church are among the churches located in Norman. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Norman is home to the Cerebral Palsy Institute and the Park on Main as well as Owen Field and Rotary Park. Shopping malls in the area include Colonial Estates Shopping Center, Anatole Shopping Center and Carriage Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Norman can choose from Ramada Days Inn, Montford Inn and Guest Inn - Norman for temporary stays in the area.