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Medical Career Questions: How To Get Started

1. The medical field ... is it the right fit?

The medical field plays a vital role in the nation’s health and wellness, providing a number of opportunities for success. Medical technology continues to evolve, opening new doors for knowledgeable and capable individuals like you. Whether you hope to work behind the scenes or one-on-one providing patient care, a medical career may be a perfect fit for you!

2. How do I qualify for the right medical school?

After much consideration, you’ve decided that a medical career would be a great fit for you. Requirements for admission into the right medical program may vary per state and/or school. However, most states and all medical schools require applicants to have earned a high school diploma or GED for consideration into a program of your choosing.

For more information on admission requirements at your local medical schools, fill out our application with Med Career Now. A career advisor will contact you directly to walk you through the admissions process. Get started today!

3. Is it time for a career change?

It’s never too late to change your career path. Whether you are coming from a desk job or a sales position, a medical career could be the perfect fit. You don’t need previous experience to change careers. The right training, from the right school will provide you with the necessary tools and guide you on a new path filled with exciting opportunities.

4. The right medical program—what's my perfect fit?

Finding the right school can be a daunting task. The perfect fit is different for every student. Programs vary by school, offering a wide variety of options to suit your lifestyle and educational needs. Depending on the medical program you choose, you will have multiple types of learning options available to you.

5. What's the bottom line? How much will the right medical program cost?

Tuition will vary by school and training program. Financial aid and student loan services are available to those who qualify. Our medical career specialists can provide you with further details regarding tuition and assistance.

6. Do I have career options?

Yes! For a medical billing and coding specialist, medical assistant, etc, there are a variety of educational paths and career opportunities to choose from. With various types of technology constantly evolving, you have the option to choose a medical career that fits your passion and goals.

7. Working with patients—will I get hands-on experience?

When you first begin a medical program, you will learn in a classroom or online environment. There may also be times where you practice your skills on other students under the supervision of your program instructor.

8. Graduation—then what?

Once you graduate from a medical program, you are required to take a written test to assess your knowledge as well as a hands-on test to assess your skill level. Once you pass this test, you will receive your state-approved license in the career path that you choose.

It’s a good idea to take the required exam soon after completion of your program, while the information is still fresh in your mind.

9. How do I get licensed?

Take the test. Prior to the state-approved certification exam, you will have a chance to test your knowledge and practice your skills. Most curriculums—medical billing, coding, etc.—include study-skill development and test-taking strategies. You will also take tests periodically to prepare you for a final licensing exam.

Medical laws and regulations vary by state. Once you graduate from your chosen medical program, you will want to check the local regulatory agency for medical licensing and testing information within your state. You must register to take your certification exam prior to taking the test. Online registration is available in some states.

After taking the state-approved exam, it will take some time to receive your final grade. If you achieve a passing score, your official license will arrive by mail shortly after.

Once you receive your license, you will be ready to practice as a medical professional in the field at an office that best fits your personality and lifestyle.

10. Ready to work—How do I get started?

You have earned your specific medical license or certificate. Congratulations! Now it’s time to start looking for employment. Many hospitals, doctors offices and other medical facilities have open positions. Once you perfect your skills, seek an office that best fits your skill set and personality. The Med Career Now team would like to wish you the best of luck in the medical career that you choose!

What are you waiting for? Fill out our form now to be connected to local medical programs in your area!

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