Health Services Assistant

WHAT DOES A HEALTH SERVICES       ASSISTANT DO?

Become an integral member of a health care team! The work might include administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Health services assistants schedule appointments, maintain records, take vital signs, prepare patients for examination and even draw blood. As baby boomers age, the health care field is quickly adding jobs to keep up with demand. This career will get your foot in the door!

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our health services assistant training provides extensive instruction in medical terminology and computer software including Microsoft Office and medical scheduling and billing software. Medical terminology, transcription and research skills are emphasized as well as hands-on practice in operating software and keying documents. The program also includes a nurse aide course. Attending full-day, you can complete the program in one semester, while half-day students can complete the program in two semesters. Upon successful completion, you will earn a 26-credit-hour technical certificate.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reports the employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations due to the aging baby-boom population. KDOL lists the average salary in Kansas for an entry-level medical office assistant in 2017 was $11.52 an hour or $23,970 annually. The average wage was $14.32 an hour or $29,780 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $23,970 $11.52
Average $29,780 $14.32

CERTIFICATIONS

Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel and Access
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)