A Medical Assistant is an Allied Health professional that typically works on the front lines of Doctors’ Offices and Clinics by assisting patients and physicians.
Medical assistants are responsible for a wide variety of tasks that may vary from office to office depending on size, location, and specialty of the facility. However, they generally handle both clinical and administrative functions. Some of their typical duties may include:
- Preparing patients for exams and taking medical histories.
- Explaining treatment and medicinal procedures to patients.
- Assisting the physician during exams.
- Collecting and preparing lab specimens.
- Performing basic lab tests.
- Answering phones and scheduling appointments.
- Updating and filing patient medical records and insurance forms.
- Arranging for hospital admissions and lab services.
- Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping.
How Much Does A Medical Assistant Make?
If you desire to work in the healthcare field you may wonder how much on average can a medical assistant make? A number of factors can influence how much someone will make as a Medical Assistant. For example, experience is a big factor to consider. Someone just starting their career as a Medical Assistant is likely not going to make as much as someone who is an experienced Medical Assistant. Another factor to consider is where you live and where you want to work. Medical Assistants in some areas may make more (or less) than those in other areas. Lastly, how much you earn as a Medical Assistant may vary based on the practice you work in and/or the specific responsibilities associated with that particular Medical Assistant job. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics posts helpful information about how much Medical Assistant can make. The State of Michigan also posts helpful info on Medical Assistant wages as well.
How to become a Medical Assistant
There aren’t any formal education or certification requirements to become a medical assistant. However, those interested in pursuing a career as a medical assistant usually attend a post-secondary institution to receive training. Many of these programs lead to a certificate or a diploma and typically take one year to complete.
The Dorsey Schools Medical Assistant diploma program gives students the opportunity to learn skills that are necessary for employment in a medical office, clinic or another healthcare facility. Graduates of the Dorsey Schools Medical Assistant program may go on to further advancement in the medical field, by way of becoming a certified Medical Assistant.
The Medical Assistant program covers a variety of topics including:
- Taking and recording a health history, vital signs, and physical measurements
- Infection Control
- Pharmacology Basics
- Administering Medications and Injections
- Specimen Collection and Handling for lab tests
- First Aid
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Medical Office Procedures
- Electronic Health Records
- And more…!
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited May 24, 2016)
- http://milmi.org/admin/uploadedPublications/2350_LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2022_MI.xls (The SOC for Medical Assistants is 31-9092)