Perform clerical or clinical duties in a hospital, clinic or a physician’s office.

INTRODUCTION

A medical assistant perform clerical and/ or clinical duties for physicians in their office or other medical settings. Program completion requires approximately one year.

DUTIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES

Clerical duties may include scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, handling telephones calls, and assuming responsibilities for billing, collections, and insurance claims.

Clinical duties may include preparing patients for examination and/or treatment; obtaining blood pressure, pulse and temperature; administering medication; assisting the physician in the examination; performing phlebotomy, medical laboratory procedure, and electrocardiograms.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

A well-trained support staff is a tremendous asset to any clinical, medical, or dental setting. Skilled personnel are needed in a variety of areas such as physicians, and dental offices, long-time-care facilities and hospitals, and medical insurance companies.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Secretary
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29% through 2022, much faster than average as the health care industry expands because of the technological advances in medicine and the aging population.

SALARY

Median wage for this career is $14.24 hourly, $29,610 annually.