Free workshop for the community we held explaining the basics of back massage techniques. We covered basic Swedish Massage techniques for beginners hoping to improve their ability to help their friends and family relax.
Dental assisting is a much faster than growing profession. They are the person you see with the dentist whenever you visit. They work directly with the dentist and can also perform a variety of tasks including:
- Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair
- Prepare patients and the work area for treatments and procedures
- Sterilize dental instruments
- Hand instruments to dentists during procedures
- Dry patients’ mouths using suction hoses and other equipment
- Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene
- Process x rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist
- Keep records of dental treatments
- Schedule patient appointments
- Work with patients on billing and payment
They also perform lab tasks, such as taking impressions of a patient's teeth and preparing materials for dental impressions as well as creating temporary crowns. There are many more tasks that they can perform and duties vary where you work.
To become a dental assistant, training and certification has become necessary to make sure you are competitive. Many dental offices work with us for externships because they see the value in having access to new dental assistants in the market.
Overall growth for Medical Assistants has remained strong nationwide, and we find that this is also the case throughout Missouri and Kansas. O*Net cites that there are a projected annual opening of 94,900 Medical Assistants each year – these are due to growth and net replacement. For Missouri they project 300 and 140 in Kansas, which marks and 11% to 14% growth respectively.
Kansas City specific data was pulled by the National Healthcareer Association using Wanted Analytics. They found that there were currently 286 job opening for medical assistants in Kansas City. Of those, 90 were at major health care facility and medical centers.
The same study cited skills needed including items like sterilization, medical information, and patient Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Training and certification is the way to put yourself in the market for these careers. As the demand continues to grow, having in demand skills and demonstrable ability to perform in the field will become more valuable. National Certification such as the CCMA can put you in demand in what is a fast growing market.
*Projected job growth information cited from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition (available online here), *Not All Programs Available at All Locations *Program length is assuming continual full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.