Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing job markets in the allied health field today.  Medical Assistants are the “multi-skilled " workers of the medical field. 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 the allied health profession.

Medical assistants work in private practices, large clinics, and hospitals.  They are able to perform multiple clinical and administrative tasks such as:

Clinical Skills

  • Sterilize instruments using an autoclave
  • Prepare patients for examination
  • Record vital signs
  • Measure height and weight
  • Perform urinalysis
  • Collect blood samples
  • Perform simple blood tests
  • Electrocardiograms (EKG)
  • Assist  with minor surgery
  • Patient preparation for x-rays and tests
  • Give injections
  • Perform patient interviews
  • Document patient medical history’s

Administrative duties:

  • Answer telephones
  • Manage and process mail
  • Arrange and schedule hospital admissions
  • Arrange and schedule laboratory services
  • Schedule appointments
  • Prepare insurance forms
  • Type medical reports
  • Maintain medical files
  • Handle billing and receipts
  • Prepare payroll