Medical Assisting – San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, Texas, a city of great historical significance, connects the regional divide between South and Central Texas and with more than 1.5 million residents, positions itself as the second most populated city in both Texas and the Southern United States. San Antonio boasts a diverse economy and is known for its collection of lucrative industries, primarily military, healthcare, finance, government, and tourism.
Since healthcare is among San Antonio’s critical economic drivers, the availability of higher education institutions in the area helps to prepare students for medical-related jobs at major hospitals and medical practices in the area. San Antonio continually demonstrates itself as an attractive destination for students who want to join the health care field with a rewarding career as a medical assistant.
ECPI University San Antonio, TX
ECPI University's San Antonio campus is surrounded by historic districts and neighborhoods, monuments, music, art and entertainment. This means you can attend our medical assisting program and at the same time experience a diverse culture, great music scene, delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ, and beautiful scenery. The ECPI University campus is located at 4715 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78229, not far from Austin and Corpus Christi so there is always something new to explore. The San Antonio campus offers the medical assisting school, as well as programs in Information Technology and Engineering Technology. Nearly all ECPI University students in San Antonio can take advantage of ECPI University’s ongoing business relationships established through advisory boards. These companies work with ECPI University to hire students and provide valuable new information to shape the curriculum in medical assisting. A full list of companies that work with ECPI University can be found here.
ECPI University’s comprehensive curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded healthcare professionals and can prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and computer proficiency required for employment in various healthcare positions. Using industry-standard health technology and simulation equipment, we strive to create a real-world experience where you can learn and grow, both in the classroom and clinical environments. ECPI University has forged strong relationships with healthcare providers that offer clinical rotations that can reinforce learning and prepare you for your first job. Through a year-round schedule at ECPI University’s College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), you could earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science in Medical Assisting in as little as 15 months. A fundamental goal of the Medical Assisting Degree program is to prepare students to take professional certification exams upon graduation. With faster time to graduation, our accelerated degree programs often draw students from all over the country.
Local Education, Local Employment
San Antonio has demonstrated itself a champion in healthcare. In fact, one out of every six San Antonians is employed in the biosciences and health industry. Home to the South Texas Medical Center, military medical trainings, and the only American Burn Association verified burn care center within the DoD, San Antonio is an attractive location for those who want to heal, and be healed. Source: (https://www.sanantonio.gov/IID/Industry-Clusters/Biosciences-And-Healthcare).
Local opportunities to place medical assistants in the field are abundant:
- South Texas Medical Center
- University Health System
- HCA Healthcare
- Texas Pain Physicians
- HealthTexas Medical Group
- United Health Group
The Importance of Medical Assistants
Medical Assistants are vital contributors in doctor offices, hospitals and clinics. They take vital signs, perform tests and diagnostic procedures, administer medications and assist doctors and nurses with patient examinations. What's more, they are in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of Medical Assistants is expected rise 31% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.* Aside from clinical experience, qualified Medical Assistants may function in managerial capacities including hiring and evaluation.
Medical assistants ensure that the operations within a medical office run smoothly. They are responsible for various administrative duties such as answering phones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, and updating and filling out patient insurance forms. They also perform clinical duties such as collecting medical histories, preparing patients for their exams, drawing blood, wound care and assisting the physician or healthcare provider during exams.
Additionally, becoming a medical assistant provides the unique opportunity to transition into other areas of healthcare down the road. Many medical assistance choose to further their education in healthcare and could ultimately become an LPN, RN, Physician Assistant or even a Nurse Practitioner. A degree in medical assisting is perfect for someone who enjoys interacting with patients as you will serve as a liaison among the healthcare provider and have an opportunity to make the patient feel calm and at ease.
A Diverse and Significant History
San Antonio, TX, is famously home to a historic landmark, The Alamo, where a pivotal battle occurred during the Texas Revolution in 1836. Currently, patrons are able to take guided tours to learn the history and why they should “Remember the Alamo.” Additionally, San Antonio is known for the River Walk, a popular tourist destination by the San Antonio River. The River Walk is surrounded by various restaurants, trails, and museums. The food, markets, roller coasters, waterparks, music and sporting events are just some of the many great features San Antonio has to offer.
Local employers searching for skilled medical assistants include healthcare companies large and small, like Concentra, NextCare Urgent Care Clinics, Women’s Health Texas, HCA Physician Services Group and many more. Hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, delivery rooms, outpatient centers, and other major health facilities in the San Antonio area are always on the lookout for eager, knowledgeable, and qualified medical assisting professionals.
Contact ECPI University San Antonio
To learn how the combination of San Antonio, ECPI University, and an accelerated degree program in Medical Assisting could best fit your needs, contact ECPI University at our Texas campus today. You can call 210-973-5205 or request additional information online. The Medical Assisting degree program could be the launch of a great career right here at home.
4715 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78229