Skills

Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing job markets in the allied health field today.

Medical assistants work in private practices, large clinics, and hospitals; both for inpatient and outpatient care, as well in many other areas of health care services. They are able to perform multiple clinical tasks and administrative tasks such as:

Clinical Skills

  • Sterilize instruments used in autoclave
  • Prepare patient for examination
  • Record vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Measure height and weight
  • Perform parts of urinalysis
  • Collect blood samples
  • Perform simple blood tests
  • Administer electrocardiograms
  • Assist minor surgery
  • Direct patients in preparation for x-rays and tests
  • Give injections
  • Interview patients for past medical history

Administrative duties:

They are the " multi-skilled " workers of the medical field and are replacing LVNs, CNAs and even RNs in many facilities.

Medical assisting is a wonderful chance for the individual to gain exposure to the medical work arena. It is also a good stepping-stone if one has higher educational goals in mind within this allied health profession.

  • Sterilize instruments used in autoclave
  • Prepare patient for examination
  • Record vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Measure height and weight
  • Perform parts of urinalysis
  • Collect blood samples
  • Perform simple blood tests
  • Administer electrocardiograms
  • Assist minor surgery
  • Direct patients in preparation for x-rays and tests
  • Give injections
  • Interview patients for past medical history
  • Answer telephones
  • Handle mail
  • Arrange hospital admissions
  • Arrange laboratory services
  • Schedule appointments
  • Prepare insurance forms
  • Type medical reports
  • Maintain medical files
  • Handle billing and receipts
  • Prepare payroll for office staff