High Demand, High Reward – Preparing the Next Generation of Medical Assistants
The growth of the aging baby-boom population continues to increase demand for medical services across the state. The demand for highly-skilled workers has grown with it.
St. Robert native Morgan White had always been drawn to the medical field, but she had a hard time trying to figure out the right path forward.
“I tried other programs – surgical technician and LPN – but becoming a medical assistant really caught my eye,” she said. “It is such a hands-on occupation. You really get to know the patient as a person.”
She enrolled at East Central College in Rolla and started taking classes.
“East Central College has been a great experience,” White said. “If I am ever struggling, my instructors spend extra time with me to make sure I am feeling comfortable and confident with the assignment. They are truly preparing me for the real world.”
One of those instructors is Courtney Baxter. She’s been teaching core medical assistant classes for the last three years, and she’s seen the impact the program can have.
“The medical assistant field is growing fast, so with this program there are many job opportunities,” said Baxter. “This program is the door to endless possibilities in the medical world.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs available in the field will jump nearly 29 percent by 2026. East Central College is helping train the next generation of workers to meet the demand.
“I love preparing students like Morgan with the knowledge, practice, and supplies to perform important clinical duties. There is nothing better than watching students become proficient in these skills and build confidence. It makes teaching worthwhile,” said Baxter.
Available at its Rolla (evening) and Union (day) locations, the medical assistant program trains competent professionals to meet the needs of an ever-expanding allied health field. It combines both formal education and practical experience to help participants master the complex body of knowledge and specialized skills necessary for a successful career. Students can pursue an associate’s degree or a one-year certificate.
The East Central College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board.