Exploring Careers: Medical Assisting

What is Medical Assisting? It’s not a new profession, but it’s a term that I for one was unfamiliar with until a couple years ago. The more I learn about this profession, the more interesting I find it to be.

Medical Assistants are sort of jack-of-all-trades health professionals. They are trained in both clinical and administrative duties to work beside and provide support to physicians and other medical providers. You will often find Medical Assistants working in doctor’s offices and outpatient clinics.

Of course actual duties vary depending on the particular office, but Medical Assistants can help physicians with patient exams (They can handle the computer so your doctor can talk to you without playing peek-a-boo from behind a screen.), obtain patients’ medical histories, perform basic lab tests, provide wound care and more. In addition to clinical duties, Medical Assistants are trained to code and file insurance claims, update patient records, schedule appointments, handle billing and book keeping tasks, arrange for hospital admissions or lab tests, and more.

Basically, Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals who play a huge role in caring for patients and keeping an office running smoothly.

Anyone who likes variety in their routine would probably like this profession. But they also need to have critical-thinking skills, organizational skills and be efficient and able to multi-task well. The median yearly salary in 2015 was about $30,500 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the number of jobs available is expected to increase by about 23% through 2024 (the average growth rate for all jobs is 7%).

For more information on the Medical Assisting program at CCC, contact Colette Hill at hillb@Clevelandcc.edu.

Want to know more about what profession might be a good fit for you? The 2015 North Carolina Career Clusters Guide, presented by NC Community Colleges and the NC Department of Public Instruction, contains information to help people choose a career pathway.


Broadcasting a Bright Future

Like a lot of high school students, Tim Anderson didn’t really know what he wanted to do in life. “I enrolled at CCC as a kid with no particular sense of direction as to what exactly I wanted to do as a career.”

Tim is a musician who has videos on YouTube, enjoys photography and videography as hobbies, and can take a computer apart and put it back together. So, perhaps it was natural for Tim to end up in CCC’s Broadcasting and Production Technology program. In December 2015 he graduated with his Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting and Production Technology, having already earned an Associate in General Education and a diploma in Broadcasting and Production Technology in May.

Tim Anderson photo

Tim Anderson earned an Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting and Production Technology at CCC. Today he operates up to five cameras during live news casts at WSOC-TV.

He had found his path. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and “a wealth of skills and knowledge that prepared me for a career and great life ahead of me.”A few months later, Tim landed a job at WSOC-TV Channel 9 in Charlotte. He operates up to five robotic cameras for live newscasts, making sure the cameras are where they need to be and set up to get the right shot. During the newscasts he monitors what the cameras are showing and makes adjustments as needed, plus he gives time queues and instructions to the on-air news anchors. It’s a lot to keep track of during a fast-paced newscast. It takes focus and attention to detail. “It’s really like driving several cars at once, but each one is probably much more expensive than a Lamborghini,” he says.

Tim’s experience in the Broadcasting and Production Technology program at CCC helped prepare him for this job. “Having the opportunity to run cameras for football games and both live and studio productions for C19TV really gave me the experience and confidence I needed in order to run several cameras simultaneously for a live newscast.”

The high school kid with no sense of direction has grown into a man who is passionate about his career. His current job is an amazing opportunity that he intends to enjoy and make the most of, but he’s also looking ahead. Don’t be surprised if someday you see Tim Anderson in front of the camera!

Tim found his passion at CCC. How about you? Are you looking for a job or career you can be passionate about? Have you found the right career but need some additional training to reach your future goals? Visit clevelandcc.edu to learn more about our curriculum and continuing education class offerings. Questions? Give us at call at 704-669-4162 or email us at success@clevelandcc.edu. Registration for spring semester is going on now! Classes start January 9.

Saying Thank You

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for what we have and to thank others for their help and support.

We want to say thank you to our students for choosing Cleveland Community College. We know you have many options when it comes to continuing your education. We are proud to be able to serve you and appreciate the opportunity to do so.

In addition to being our students, we understand that many of you have other responsibilities including working full-time or part-time, and being parents, care givers, and spouses. We understand that time is as valuable to you as money, and we appreciate that you have chosen to spend some of it with us.

Our goal is to help you reach your educational and career goals, whether that means earning a degree to transfer to a four-year school; earning a degree, diploma or certificate to get a better job; learn a new skill to advance in your current career; or learning something new to simply enrich your life.

We couldn’t do all of that without our dedicated faculty and staff, so to you we say thank you as well. I often have the privilege to talk with students, and most of the time, they tell me about one or more of their instructors who spent extra time helping them and encouraged them to keep working toward their goal.

From all of us at CCC, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!