What you will do as a Medical Assistant
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. They should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.
Clinical duties vary according to State law and include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination.
ROLE OF A MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Medical Assistants perform a dual role for the health care organizations in which they are employed. Doctors, nurses and patients all depend upon the professionals in Medical Assisting jobs to accurately complete their responsibilities.
Our Medical Assistant program includes the technical knowledge needed in areas such as vital signs, electrocardiography, laboratory techniques, billing/coding and medical office procedures. Equally important, we train on the “soft skills” that employers are seeking, such as interpersonal skills, goal setting, customer relations and stress management.
As a medical assistant, you will perform duties including clinical and administrative tasks that help medical offices run smoothly:
- Prepare exam rooms for patients
- Prepare patients for treatment
- Measure and record vital signs
- Assist physicians with minor procedures
- Collect patient specimens for testing
- Chart patient medical histories
- Ensure patient comfort
Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of medical assisting jobs is expected to increase by 29% by 2022.* This can be attributed to several factors, including the increasing average age of the U.S. residents who require more procedures; federal legislation (the Affordable Care Act) will increase the number of insured people in the country; as medical practices switch to electronic health records, Medical Assistants responsibilities will continue to evolve.