Health Care Still Healthy in Gloomy Economy

Posted Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 by Allen B. Ury

Medical AssistantThe Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) June 3, 2011 jobs report was not encouraging with the economy producing only 54,000 jobs in May. However, if the report contained any good news, it was in the health care sector, which expanded by 17,000 jobs in May. This represented more than 30 percent of all job growth nationwide for the period. For the last 12 months, the health care sector has been one of the economy’s most robust, adding an average of 24,000 jobs every month between May 2010 and May 2011, according to the BLS. *

For people interested in entering the health care field, becoming a medical assistant is an option that offers numerous career opportunities as well as the chance to provide an important service to others. If you live in South Cook County, Illinois, you can get the career training you need at Everest College in Merrionette Park and compete for entry-level medical assistant positions nationwide. Everest’s eight-month Medical Assistant program provides the knowledge, skills and hands-on training employers look for in potential candidates.

Learn Medical Assistant Skills

At Everest College in Merrionette Park, you can learn all the basic skills required of a professional medical assistant, including:

  • Taking vital signs
  • Taking medical histories
  • Running laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Updating and managing patient records
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Drawing blood
  • Helping to manage medical offices

Hands-on courses in the Medical Assistant program curriculum include:

  • Patient care and communication
  • Clinical assisting, pharmacology
  • Medical insurance, bookkeeping and health sciences
  • Cardiopulmonary and electrocardiography
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Endocrinology and reproduction
  • Medical law, ethics, and psychology
  • Externship

Career Services

Once completing the Medical Assistant program, graduates can get help in establishing their careers from Everest’s Career Services department. Representatives can help identify and contact potential employers, including physicians’ offices, clinics and other health care facilities, as well as provide guidance with resume writing, interviewing techniques and wardrobe selection.

About the Merrionette Park Campus

Everest College’s Merrionette Park Campus is located at 11560 South Kedzie Avenue in Merrionette Park, Illinois 60803. The campus is just south of the intersection of South Kedzie Avenue and West 115th Street near the Merrionette Park Shopping Center. Other programs offered at the campus include Dental Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, and Pharmacy Technician.

For more information on Everest’s Medical Assistant career education program in Merrionette Park, contact Everest today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary, June 3, 2011:

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