June 18, 2022

By Julia Robinson, DNP, RN, FNP-C, GCNS-BC

The employment shortages for many medical related professions continue to be on the rise. This includes medical assistants (MA) who provide necessary functions in our healthcare settings. The medical assistant is an integral team member in medical offices, clinics and inpatient centers, as they are trained to assist the medical provider in day-to-day functions during patient care.

Unfortunately, the shortage of trained medical assistants continues to increase with an estimate of over 104,400 openings projected each year over the next decade. These vacancies are due to a variety of circumstances, from the desire to progress to other healthcare professions, family and personal commitments, and retirement. The healthcare system simply cannot keep up with the demand this shortage has created and are in need of the next generation of trained medical assistants now.

However, this shortage promises a bright future for those entering this profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that the need for medical assistants will grow 18% from now to the year 2030, noting an expectation to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. The medical assistant can expect an average hourly wage of $21.53 in California.

Medical assistants work in a variety of settings to include medical facilities, medical providers offices, and outpatient clinics. They complete both administrative tasks, as well as clinical tasks assisting the providers with patient care.

The faculty and staff at United University of Nursing in Murrieta California are working hard to fill this need. Flexible online and hybrid courses are available to allow the student to study when it is best for them while continuing to meet work and family obligations. United University of Nursing offers the student the choice to train as a medical assistant in as little as 16 weeks or up to 38 weeks. You choose how quickly you wish to complete the courses.

The Medical Assistant course curriculum covers medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, clinical support, patient advocacy, professional communications, insurance, billing, coding, and front office systems and procedures. Upon completing our accelerated courses, the student will receive a certificate of completion, and be prepared to take the Medical Assisting Certification Exam.

United University of Nursing is proud to be affiliated with United Medical Doctors, Southern California’s largest multi-specialty medical and surgical private practice offering job placement assistance for our UUN medical assisting graduates.

Our first MA class starts 7/3/22 and all students who enroll to start in this inaugural class will receive a 50% discount off our bundled tuition.

Questions: contact us at info@uunursing.com