I hope all is well! As I am preparing for my plans this summer, I have become highly interested in working as a medical assistant. However, I’m not sure where I can find opportunities that don’t require prior experience or any certification. Does anyone have any suggestions or pointers on where I might find medical assistant positions?
Thank you for your question!
Unfortunately, most medical assistant positions require an MA certification, which can be difficult to manage for some students with a full course load.
However, there are other options that you can pursue that can still get you clinical experience. One option is to serve as a caregiver for someone in the area. These types of opportunities are sometimes difficult to find, but a good place to start would be to search for jobs on Google. Also, if you are a part of any pre-medical email lists (such as the University Career Center Pre-Health Track), they often publish these types of job opportunities in their emails. Another option that requires not as much training as a medical assistant is to become a phlebotomist, if that is something you find interesting. The classes typically only run for a few weeks and can give you a lot of clinical experience.
I would also say if you are having trouble finding opportunities, I would look into medical clinics in your area, whether that be pediatrics offices, cardiology clinics, family medicine clinics, etc. Particularly in Ann Arbor with students coming and going, clinics in the area sometimes hire students as “medical assistants” and also sometimes don’t require training.
I hope this helps answer your question. If not, feel free to reach out again.
– Jasmine, PMH advisor