Medical Assistants like spending time with patients, but they’re also capable of carrying out important office-type tasks. Change is constant, so they have to be comfortable doing different things each day. They also get along with people easily.
What does a Medical Assistant do?
Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks in the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists. In small practices, they are “generalists,” who handle both administrative and clinical duties and report directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.
Medical Assistants perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and bookkeeping.
Clinical duties vary according to state law, and may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical Assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.
They may also instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.
Medical Assistants may also arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.
What Does Our Medical Assistant Program Offer You?
- Fundamentals of medical diagnostic techniques
- Study of the anatomy and physiology of the body
- CPR certification
- Knowledge of standard clinical and laboratory procedures
- Training in venipuncture, injections, electrocardiography (EKG), measurement of vital signs, and more
- Instruction on procedures for use in a physician’s office or clinic
- An introduction to medical insurance coding and claim processing
- An externship in a medical facility
What Career Choices are Available to Graduates?
Upon graduation, you will be qualified to work as a Medical Assistant, a Medical Receptionist, a Medical Insurance Biller, a Medical Bookkeeper or a Laboratory Assistant in places like:
- Physicians’ Offices
- Outpatient Care Centers
- Offices of Health Practitioners
Are There Really Jobs Available For Me?
We could tell you… “Absolutely.” But, what we prefer to do is to encourage you to do the research yourself. Get a copy of your local newspaper and read through the Healthcare job listings. Look for your potential job category and see for yourself how many great opportunities will be available to you when you complete your MediCollege training. Jump online and search some of the excellent job resource websites for opportunities in your field. The jobs are out there… so don’t wait any longer if you want to work in Healthcare. Come to MediCollege and we’ll prepare you quickly and thoroughly for your new career.
How Much Does It Cost?
We know how important this question is to most of you. We have found that our program costs may change slightly with each new session. For that reason, we are unable to provide cost information on our website. We are, however, very happy to discuss our current program costs with you personally. Please give us a call anytime. Just tell your campus representative that you have visited our website and would like information about our program.
If you have questions about financial aid, your representative will refer you to our excellent Financial Aid staff who are here specifically to help you fund your education.
Credits can be transferred toward a UAMU Master Degree in Health Care Management at the link below.