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How to Become a Medical Assistant in Kansas - Medical Assistant Programs in Kansas
As more people are entering the medical field to become doctors and nurses, medical assistants are in high demand. Kansas has over 4,000 medical assistants who are working in various places throughout the state. There are actually four specialties in being a medical assistant: clinical medical assistant, clerical medical assistant, ophthalmic medical assistant, and podiatric medical assistant. As you can imagine, much of the tasks the medical assistant are the same, no matter which specialty you work in. However, the clerical medical assistant will do more paperwork and clerical duties than a clinical medical assistant does. And, of course, the ophthalmic and podiatric medical assistants just work in those medical fields.
For those who want to know how to become a medical assistant in Kansas, you may be happy to know that you likely just need to get an associate's degree. Some states do not require anything more than a high school diploma or the equivalent, but most employers do not like to hire medical assistants who have not had some training and medical-related courses in a classroom environment. Also, you do not have to take the state certification test to be able to get a job as a medical assistant. However, some hospitals only want to hire certified medical assistants, so always double-check the requirements with the employer before you decide not to go with the certification.
There is a really good plus to becoming a medical assistant in Kansas. The average wage is around $13 an hour and certified medical assistants can make even more. Of course, the pay does vary depending on where you work and the size of the city. Naturally, smaller towns are not going to pay the most and the same can be true of private doctor's offices even in bigger cities. You need to have a clear vision of what the salary is that you can expect if you are hired as a medical assistant.
The pay should not be a driving force behind you becoming a medical assistant. Since you will be in contact with patients, usually when they are being prepped for surgical procedures and when they wake up from anesthesia, you need to have a very good bedside manner. It also goes without saying that you should be a people person because, not only will you be in close contact with patients, but doctors and nurses as well. Doctors and nurses tend to not want to work with medical assistants that are not friendly.
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Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-4929
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Kansas State Nurses Association