things you didn’t know about medical assisting

helping run the office is just one aspect of tasks a qualified medical assistant can tackle. medical assistants often take on a very wide range of roles in health care practices and hospitals. this is due to the cross-training in administrative and clinical procedures. while actual medical assisting duties vary from practice to practice, here’s a look at some of the most common procedures you can expect to perform as a medical assistant:

clinical duties

  • prep patients for exams
  • document medical histories
  • read and document vital signs
  • aid physicians during examinations
  • draw blood
  • remove stitches
  • explain medical procedures
  • administer medications
  • perform basic lab tests
  • authorize drug refills (as directed by doctor)
  • take ekgs

as a medical assistant, you’ll be working alongside doctors, nurses and other member of care teams. medical assistants are critical support team members who can help with a wide range of procedures. taking on a career in this field requires extensive training and mental flexibility to be able to adapt to the often fast moving environment. administrative tasks are often required as well. this can be a great fit for someone who wants to work in a healthcare setting but has reservations about the clinical aspects of the role.

administrative duties

  • patient record upkeep
  • bookkeeping
  • medical billing
  • working with insurance companies
  • appointment scheduling
  • lab service order processing
  • hospital admissions

administrative duties in a modern medical setting requires knowledge medical coding and computer programs. during medical assistant school, you’ll be trained on some of the most common tasks to ensure a level of familiarity is reached, though the actual software you may use could vary from one healthcare setting to another. if you prefer to work in a clinical role, be sure to express that interest to your employer.

jobs for medical assistants

since medical assistants are the lifeblood of many healthcare teams, there are a variety of healthcare settings from which to choose when it comes time to secure a job. after graduation you could go in to work in:

  • medical offices
  • clinics
  • hospitals
  • urgent care centers
  • retirement homes
  • nursing homes
  • medical supply businesses
  • home health agencies
  • insurance providers
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • and more!

with extensive training and education from eastern college, you’ll have the skills you need to start an exciting career in the field of health care. want to learn more about how we can prepare you for your new career in medical assisting? call admissions office at either the little rock campus at 501-232-0378 or our new orleans campus at 504-736-0654. at eastern college, our classes incorporate real-world scenarios so you know what to expect when you enter the workforce. in a little over a year, you’ll be on your way to a challenging and rewarding career. space is limited, so contact us today!

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