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Career Services: Professional Medical Assistant

Career Services Department

Seacoast Career Schools is more than just a training school. At Seacoast, we want to help you succeed in developing a career that is meaningful to you. Our Career Services Department is there to help you take the steps necessary to conduct an effective job search and develop the kind of career you want.

Our Career Services representatives can help you with these steps toward your new career:

  • Writing an effective resume that brings out your strengths
  • Navigating the job search process
  • Making connections with people in your chosen career field
  • Practicing successful interview techniques
  • Improving your professional communication skills

At Seacoast, we are there to help you every step of the way as you get your new career started. Read more about our Career Services Department.

Gaining Hands-On Experience for Your Resume

When you are looking for medical assistant positions, having real hands-on clinical experience looks great on your resume. At Seacoast, the medical assisting program requires that each student complete an externship. This means that you are placed in a real clinical setting where you can apply the theory and clinical skills that you learned in the classroom. This real-world experience can improve your skills, enhance your resume, and build your confidence before you even apply for your first job.

Getting Certified as a Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are not required to be certified, but certification can improve your job prospects, job security, and opportunities for advancement. Certification also demonstrates to prospective employers that you are committed to your career field.

At our Manchester campus, we encourage students to take the following certification exam:

Below are some additional certification exams that students of both the Manchester and Sanford campuses are encouraged to pursue:

Your instructors and Career Services representatives will talk with you about these certification options as you get closer to graduation. In most cases, certification exams are offered at an off-campus site, and the graduate is responsible for the cost of the exam.

Remember, getting a certification is worth the effort! A certification that is recognized nationwide will show prospective employers that you are serious about your career.

Our Graduates Say It Best

Lori DiAnni - Professional Medical Assistant

Graduate:  Lori DiAnni
Program:  Professional Medical Assistant
Campus: Seacoast/Sanford, ME

“As a professional medical assistant, I have more confidence and more opportunities for advancement.”

Lori DiAnni worked as a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) for 15 years, and while she enjoyed her work, she found caring for the patients’ physical needs to be too physically demanding for her. Given how much she loved the field of healthcare, she wanted a career where she would still have the opportunity to help patients.

Lori decided that becoming a professional medical assistant would be the best path for her. She could still see patients and help them with their medical concerns, but she would no longer be responsible for physical tasks like helping to lift patients from beds to wheelchairs.

“I knew it was time for a change, but I was nervous about going back to school,” Lori explained. It had been 30 years since Lori had been in school, but she took a big step and enrolled in the Professional Medical Assistant program at the Sanford campus of Seacoast Career Schools.

Lori had other concerns too. She was working second shift as a CNA and going to Seacoast during the day. With such a full schedule, she was concerned that she would be too tired to study. And on top of that, her daughter was in college, so she was worried about finances too.

Despite her concerns, Lori was determined to succeed, and she did. For her externship, she was placed at a company called Cardiovascular Consultants. The company was so impressed with her work that they hired her for a full-time position.

“All of the hard work was worth it,” Lori says. “As a professional medical assistant, I have more confidence and more opportunities for advancement,” she explained. And in her new position, she was working regular daytime business hours instead of the night shift. “My family enjoys having me home every night, and I love it too. I am home on weekends and holidays too.”

What Lori says about Seacoast: “Choosing to enroll at Seacoast was the best career decision I have ever made!”

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