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New Medical Programs Help Students Get Limited X-Ray License

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

From the Florida Panhandle to Miami-Dade and across the I-4 corridor, hospitals in the Sunshine State continue to expand. By Jeannette River-Lyles Construction Market Data, an organization that tracks the construction industry, reports that 126 new hospital construction projects have been completed in the last five years, with many more coming through the pipeline. These hospitals need workers, as do the many medical offices, labs and radiology facilities that cluster around them. Florida Technical College is responding to that demand with the addition of a new Associate of Science Medical Assistant Program with a Basic Machine Operator (BMO) track that will enable students to get a limited X-ray license in Florida. “There’s never been a better time to work in the health care industry,” said Diane Jasper, academic chair of FTC’s Allied Health program. “The demand for skilled, specialized medical assistants has grown exponentially with no signs of slowing down in sight. Graduates of this program will be able to work in a hospital setting, urgent care facilities, orthopedic clinics and radiology centers, to mention a few.” The 18-month program launched in March at the Kissimmee campus. Its graduates will be able to work directly under a physician, registered nurse, registered technologist, office manager or a radiology administrator. They will assist in a limited manner with patients who require chest, extremity and torso x-rays. Responsibilities may include positioning or maintaining X-ray equipment, adjusting controls, positioning patients on the exam table and setting up and adjusting equipment to obtain a better view of specific c bodily areas. The program expands on FTC’s already ample offerings for medical career training, which include diploma programs for medical assistant technicians, patient care technicians and medical coding and billing specialists. The college also offers an associate degree for medical assistants and a bachelor’s degree in allied health management. To qualify for direct enrollment in the Associate of Science Medical Assistant Program with BMO specialization, students must have a medical assistant diploma. Interested students without this prerequisite may enroll in the diploma program and move into the BMO track once they’ve completed the basic courses. “Our partners in the healthcare industry have
expressed a need for medical assistants with a
specialty in X-ray and we have stepped up to the
plate,” said FTC President and CEO David Ruggieri. ‘’Our partners trust us because we foster job readiness in each and every single one of our students with externships and hands-on training to ensure a smooth transition into the job market.” By Jose Luis Dieppa

Earning your Medical Assisting Degree and balancing your time

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Have you been putting your future on hold? Florida Technical College offers medical assistant classes that could have you earning a Medical Assisting Degree during your spare time. Getting a degree in Medical Assisting has never been more possible. With the demands of a busy work schedule and home life, many are choosing to return to Technical Institutes to advance their skill set and career path. With an open enrollment policy, earning an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting from FTC allows you to manage your time and start your future now. Here’s why earning an Associate in Medical Assisting is the right choice for your busy schedule.   Flexible Classes Technical schools preparing for a medical assisting degree offer their students a variety of class times, including day and night classes, as well as online programs. These flexible class times allow students to maintain a job while completing the requirements for their medical assisting degree. Community and Technical Colleges are the leading providers for online learning, allowing students to remain focused in their professional lives, not having to take time off for classes. While online classes are always an option that makes time management easier while in school, students should assess their individual skills before deciding which route will benefit them most. Some of these assessments include considering your knowledge of computer programs and technology, your level of reading comprehension, and the time you are able to devote to each online course. Not only can class instruction time be scheduled to suit your own individual needs, the required laboratory portions for medical assistant classes, and medical assistant externships are often offered during night hours, as well as during the day. While earning a medical assisting degree, students are required to complete 160 hours in an externship. Students earn class credits towards their degree with the completion of their externship, which offers an expansive array of medical offices, or companies to choose from, and can lead to employment directly after graduation. This opportunity gives individuals the chance to build a relationship with medical professionals giving them favorability when it comes time to pursue entry-level positions. Many medical practices must operate during all hours, and facilities and services such as residential care and assisted living, hospital administration, and Urgent Care make completing the requirements for a medical assisting degree easier than ever. Flexibility is just one of the many advantages of medical assistant programs, allowing you to balance your time and needs. Hands-On Training Many medical providers are willing to hire students in training, offering them positions before completing their degree. Many of these opportunities offer round the clock care, making early morning, or late night shifts available. The training a medical assistant student will receive works double duty as each student receives an education and hands on work experience all at once. In today’s society time is money, and why not spend your time on the fast track to a successful career? Instead of waiting for graduation to decide on the environment in which you would like to work, why not start while you are still in school? The externship offers a chance to get started on your professional goals, allowing students to choose a field to focus on and complete the externship at a practice or facility that specializes in this field. Finding your niche, or field of focus, saves time and allows each student to make strides toward obtaining a specific position, or a job at their desired practice within the medical field. While earning a medical assistant degree at a technical college like FTC, students are given the opportunity to choose from courses like microbiology, or medical theory to satisfy their elective requirements, and these allow students to study in their area of interest. If you have a desire to work in neurobiology you may want to fulfill an elective requirement with microbiology, however, if your desire is to work in primary care, medical theory may be the right elective for you. Managing your time while earning a degree in medical assisting is important, and your time can be best used when your focus is clear. If you are returning to school, holding a full-time job, or have the responsibilities and time constraints that come with being a parent, it is important to tailor your schooling to your own time restraints. These electives, along with the option to choose a field of focus for the required externship are just some of the ways medical assistant programs can make balancing your time between career, family, and education possible.   Shorter Duration When managing the dynamics of work, home life, and schooling, it is important to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With a shorter duration, medical assistant programs make it easier to plan your life. Medical assistant schools offer associate degrees in a short two year program that helps you stay focused on the finish line. With an end in sight, managing your time and planning your future becomes much easier. With the option of attending a technical college and enrolling in a medical assisting program you could be on the path to start working in your chosen career field before most jobs can offer raises and promotions. Not only will you be able to begin working a full-time job sooner, but the time you will save by choosing a medical assistant program or medical assisting school will save you money. When our independent lives begin every minute of our time has value. When your time comes at a price, a school that offers medical assisting classes gives you the best value for your time. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the unemployment and underemployment rates for graduates of a four year college have nearly doubled in comparison to those in 2007. With the high cost of attending a four-year institution, this statistic makes trade and technical school a smart investment of your time and money. Career Centered What better […]