Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly.
The Medical Assistant with X-Ray training has an extremely important position and is at the center of activity in the medical facility. The Medical Assistant with Basic X-Ray works closely with the physician in the office clinical setting, assists with direct patient care, serves as a liaison between physician and patient, and offers the added skill of providing basic radiographic examinations. In addition, they are responsible for promoting communications among providers, patients, and office staff regarding the care plan for the patient as defined by the physician.
During the Medical Assistant with Basic X-Ray diploma program, the student will be taught how to perform clinical duties such as:
Medical Assistant students are required to complete *56 credit hours (approximately 38 Weeks-Day; 53 weeks Evening - 1130 Clock Hours). Graduates of the Medical Assistant program receive a diploma and CPR certification from the American Heart Association. Full-time students can complete the program in as few as 9 months.
*The listing of credits is not meant to imply that credits can be transferred into college or other private career school programs. Transfer credits are at the sole discretion of the receiving school.
The Department of Labor lists the annual mean wages of Medical Assistants in 2010 were $30,110 in offices of physicians and $30,770 in general medical and surgical hospitals. The U.S. Department of Labor also projects that medical assistant employment is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018. According to the United States Department of Labor, Florida has the third highest published employment level for Medical Assistants in the country!
Medical Assistants/Basic X-Ray with skills have unlimited career opportunities in many different facilities and specialized practices such as:
The program includes a radiography curriculum in compliance with national and state guidelines within the scope of limited practice. Exams include skull, spine, chest, abdomen, and upper and lower extremities. Radiation safety, patient positioning, film development, and image critique are also covered.
The Department of Labor publication, Occupational Outlook Handbook, projects that Medical Assistants with X-Ray Technician Training and BXMO license will be the fastest growing occupation over the next ten years. The Medical Assistant with X-Ray training is becoming more necessary since modern technology and medical treatments are resulting in patients opting to have their medical needs taken care of in doctor's offices and clinics rather than in hospitals. Medical Assistant with X-Ray training graduates from CFI campuses in Tampa Bay and Orlando, Florida, work more with patients who are ambulatory (able to walk in and out on their own), rather than with patients lying in hospital beds.
Medical Assistant/ X-Ray Graduates may obtain the following national and state credentials by passing the corresponding certification examination:
CFI's X-Ray Technician training portion helps prepares you to sit for the BXMO certification - the Florida State Basic X-Ray Machine Operator license. A Medical Assistant with a BXMO license has a greater earning potential, as well as increased career and employment opportunities as a Medical Assistant/X-Ray Technician professional.
Central Florida Institute is accredited through Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). ABHES has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency since 1968. It has been at the forefront of advancing the quality of health education programs throughout the country.
*This program prepares students for certification testing, although there is no guarantee of passing the certification test and passing the test is not a graduation requirement.
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