The Importance of Medical Assistant Cross-Training in an X-ray Tech Program
Did you know that Medical Assistant cross-training is vital to an X-ray Technician program in California? It’s true that here in CA, things are a little different. X-ray Techs are expected to have Medical Assisting skills alongside their XT training. Moreover, California Healthcare employers are looking for a hybrid of the two when searching for career candidates. Because most people are unaware of this, it’s always a surprise when we talk to them about the importance of medical assistant cross-training in an X-ray Tech program.
After all, students come to us because they know we provide one of the best all-inclusive X-ray Tech programs in Orange County. Furthermore, many students aspire to become an X-ray Tech. So where exactly does all this medical assistant cross-training come in? Moreover, why is it vital to have it as part of an X-ray Technician class?
Let’s explore the ins and outs of these subjects as we walk you through the basics of choosing the best X-ray Tech classes for your needs. Remember, not every X-ray Tech course is going to be 100% perfect and tailored for you. That’s why it’s important to do your research, and to know what’s out there in terms of training opportunities. So grab a pen and paper, take some notes, and let’s begin!
In California, Medical Assistant Cross-Training Should Be Part of an All-Inclusive X-ray Technician Program
If you want to become an X-ray Tech in California, find an all-inclusive X-ray Technician program. Moreover, you need to ensure that the program offers Medical Assistant cross-training. Because the term “all-inclusive” isn’t industry-standardized, some X-ray Tech schools pick and choose what’s actually included. Furthermore, some X-ray Technician courses will not include the medical assisting portion and actually ask you to take two different programs. In other words, they want you to pay two separate tuitions and spend time in two separate curriculums.
Instead, find an all-inclusive X-ray Tech class that offers the medical assistant cross-training as part of it’s standard curriculum. To keep it simple, you don’t want to pay twice, and you definitely don’t want to spend more time in an X-ray program than necessary. Remember that Healthcare employers in California want a hybrid, so you’ll need to have the medical assisting skills too!
Can I Still Get Medical Assistant Cross-Training in an X-ray Tech Night Class?
This is a question we get often. If you’re looking to enroll in X-ray Technician night school, you can still get the medical assistant cross-training. Don’t be fooled into believing that you only have time to study the X-ray Tech portion if you take classes at night. Evening X-ray Tech classes offer the same training and curriculum as their daytime counterparts. At least they should; so when in doubt, double-check and ask.
Modern Technology School offers an X-ray Tech night class in Orange County, and our next course starts January 13th! We keep class sizes small, and our X-ray Technician students get medical assistant cross-training, books and scrubs, and clinical internship included. Furthermore, we cover the cost of your first Limited Scope X-ray Technician and Medical Assistant National Certification exams.
Remember that evening X-ray Tech classes may take longer than a daytime program to complete. Moreover, you will still have to complete your clinical internship during the day. Nonetheless, if you have daytime responsibilities and obligations that make it tough to study during the day, an X-ray Technician evening class may be just the ticket! Give us a call to find our more or learn about Financial Aid; now let’s continue…
When Does the Medical Assistant Cross-Training Take Place During Your X-ray Tech Class?
Most X-ray Technicians start their training in the medical assistant cross-training portion of the course. For instance, your first few weeks, you’ll be learning how to work with patients, take lab specimens, perform venipuncture, industry sterilization techniques, and taking patient histories. From there, you’ll work hands-on in live labs with your X-ray Tech counterparts, learning the ins and outs of Diagnostic Healthcare.
Make no mistake about it, this is an excellent foundation and something that will carry you throughout your entire career as an X-ray Tech in CA.
Once you’ve completed your medical assistant cross-training, you move on to the X-ray portion of the program. This is where you learn in small class sizes from compassionate instructors who have stood in your shoes before. Alongside the book work, you’ll be training in hands-on labs. Since class sizes are small, everyone gets a chance to operate the machines and ask questions.
The neatest thing about getting trained as an X-ray Tech in small class sizes is that when you ask questions, you get answers demonstrated hands-on… something you miss out on in the large lecture hall schools and programs.
I Originally Wanted to Become a Medical Assistant, But Now Want to Pursue a Career as an X-ray Tech
We hear this a lot. Because our Orange County X-ray Technician / Medical Assistant program is so affordable, we get a lot of students who make the leap, even if they originally wanted to become Medical Assistants. Moreover, since the program is only 12 months in length, you can be in and out and begin your career in less than a year!
Since Clinical Internship is included, you’ll be placed in internship after completing the X-ray Technician portion of your course. In your internship, you’ll work with real patients, other other members of a clinic staff, and physicians. You’ll also work with other people who like you, may have wanted to begin their career as a medical assistant, but chose to become an X-ray Tech.
Lastly, remember that our X-ray Tech program is extremely affordable. We don’t cross-charge you or nickel-and-dime you for anything. Instead you get the following with our 12-month X-ray Tech / Medical Assisting course:
- Medical Assistant Cross-Training
- Textbooks & Scrubs + Supplies
- Clinical Internship
- Cost of Your First Exams (XT & MA) are Covered with Tuition
- Hands-on Training in Small Classes
- Job Placement Assistance
- Financial Aid (available to those who qualify)
Our Next Daytime X-ray Tech Class Begins January 20th & Night Class Starts Jan 13th – Both Include Medical Assistant Cross-Training
If you have any questions about our curriculum, the career path, program or financial aid, we’re here to help! Since we’re a smaller Orange County X-ray Tech School, we don’t have to pressure students to enroll. Instead, our Admissions Advisor is friendly and always happy to help. Furthermore, he’s glad to walk you through the details, no matter where you end up enrolling.
Give us a call if you want to become an X-ray Tech in California and want to ensure you get everything you need to start your career. Modern Technology School has been training Diagnostic Healthcare professionals in Orange County since 1981.
We look forward to becoming a part of your journey and look forward to hearing from you soon! Because we keep class sizes small, they do tend to fill up quickly! So even if you are curious, don’t hesitate in getting your questions answered today!