9 Great Resources for Medical Assistant Students

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Daymar College

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Ready to become a medical assistant with a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office? Looking for research to help you start your career in the medical field? Here are 9 resources for medical assistant students to prepare for a career in medical assisting.

Medical Assistant Associations

After graduation from a career college as a medical assistant, advancement usually requires becoming a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). To obtain these certifications the medical assistant must gain membership with a professional organization and may be required to complete continuing education courses. Here are 10 resources for medical assistant students to prepare for a career in the medical field.

The American Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA) – Become a Registered Medical Assistant with the American Registry of Medical Assistants.  The ARMA also provides continuing education units that are mandatory to stay certified as a medical assistant. The ARMA registers medical assistants however they do not certify medical assistants. In order to belong to the ARMA members must be recommended by the director or representative of a licensed, accredited career college or have a recommendation from their employer after three years on-the-job experience as a medical assistant.

American Health Care Association (AHCA) – an association of state health organizations that represent nursing facilities and assisted living providers. If you are a medical assistant in the long-term care field, a membership with the AHCA is a valuable resource.

Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) – represents the world’s leading clinical research organizations. The ACRO specializes in the development of drugs, biologics and medical devices through clinical outsourcing and clinical trials.

Government Agencies

Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) – coordinates and manages data collection, analysis and evaluation for the Bureau of Health Workforce. The HRSA also offers health care providers and teachers with grants, scholarships and loans for those working in underserved areas to promote primary care.

Databases & Journals

EBSCOhost – a medical research database offering access to top-tier biomedical and health journals and offering definitive research tools for nursing and allied health professionals. EBSCOhost also offers many other tools and databases for diagnosis, continuing education and full-text journals for medical assistants to continue learning about the medical field.

Trip Database – a medical database tool for clinical research searching. With millions of articles, Trip medical database has been search over 100 Million times since inception.

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (PubMed) – comprises over 26 million citations of biomedical literature from Medline.

Medical Blogs

Medline Blog – articles from the top medical researchers in the field. Including tips and information for medical assistants to provide the best care possible for patients.

National Healthcare Association Blog – a blog open to the public for NHA candidates and certificate holders to learn more about an allied health career in medical assisting.

These are 9 resources for medical assistant students to prepare for working in the medical field. With this information and a diploma or degree from Daymar College, you are on your way to becoming a medical assistant.

The Medical Assisting program at Daymar College is designed to prepare current and future employees for the fast-paced changes encountered in the health care industry, and to help develop training, skills and attitudes necessary to excel in medical assisting. Contact us to learn more about a great opportunity to become a medical assistant.