Proficiency and experience in skill can take one up the ladder in medical assistance!

Any new stream or discipline in business or profession depends on many factors for its growth and success. A lot of things decide on the future prospects of the new ways to earn money. Medical assistance is not actually a new profession; it has been there for years since the doctors started opening up clinics to serve the patients. But they were limited to the smallest scale with only one doctor opening up the clinics in morning and evenings.

Growth of the profession

With time, corporatisation has set into the field of medicine and healthcare as well. The clinics thus have grown in size, and nowadays they are open 24X7. More than one doctor is attending the patients and many of these clinics have turned multi-specialty as of late in the US. One needs a greater bit of team and manpower in order to manage the daily activities, like maintaining the portfolio of patients, noting down their next call-up time, counselling them and making them understand the medicines.

Since a layman can hardly get these things done properly on a regular basis, there has been the need for professional courses in this field. These courses are short term in duration, and some of them are also affordable. These courses mainly focus on:-

  • Logistics management
  • Time management
  • Documentation and quality management
  • Knowledge on medicines and dosages
  • Hospitality and cordiality to patients and their relatives
  • IT proficiency

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Looking at a relatively high demand for these courses, many institutes charge them highly; but there are a few universities whose schools and departments of medicine and healthcare studies offer affordable courses. The Washington University at St. Louis offer a course for a tuition fee of $23000 a year while the University of Missouri  school in Columbia offer tuition fees in the range of $10000 to $24000 a year for such courses. There are courses with similar tuition fees that are affordable at Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Louisiana, Tennessee and other places.

What about pay packages

Since pay packages are considerably satisfactory, the demands for these courses have been on the rise and hence the tuition fees. The pay starts from $10-12 an hour or $21000-25000 in a year. One can attain in the range of around $20 hourly or approximately $30000 annually. With experience, the pay keeps climbing; today the US has almost 90% of medical assistance workers getting $41910 and above in a year!

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