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Medical Assistants Recognition Week is Oct. 21-25

Medical Assistant Recognition Week logoBoth Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and Marshalltown Community College are gearing up to celebrate Medical Assistants Recognition Week Oct. 21-25, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical assistants across the country will be recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day, which is Wednesday, Oct. 23.

“Medical Assisting is among the fastest growing professions in the nation, a trend that is predicted to stay in place through 2028,” says Dee Lynk, CMA (AAMA), A-C, ST, AGS, Coordinator of Medical Assisting at both campuses. “Our goal is to educate all health professionals about the capabilities of medical assistants, and to educate prospective medical assisting students about the opportunities in this rewarding career.”

Specifically, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the need for medical assistants is expected to grow by a whopping 23% through 2028, with 154,900 new medical assistants needed in the field during that time! As of 2018, the median pay for medical assistants in the U.S. was $33,610.

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond.

The ECC/MCC medical assisting programs are designed to be completed in 11 months. Many times, pre-nursing students enroll in the Medical Assisting program to ensure that they enjoy working in the healthcare field, and to get the hands-on experience that the program provides. Medical assistants often take the next career step of studying to become a licensed practical nurse.

The American Association of Medical Assistants is the only organization devoted exclusively to serving the professional interests and educational needs of all medical assistants. The association provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.

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