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  • Medical Assistant Job description and Career Outlook

    Medical assistants usually work in a medical clinic, doctor's private practice, or hospital setting.The job may require close interaction with patients and the ability to multi-task. Medical assistants typically follow one of two career paths in either administrative assisting or clinical assisting.(1)

    Call or request information to learn more about our Medical Assisting program.

    Administrative Medical Assisting Responsibilities Include:

    • Scheduling appointments
    • Maintaining medical records
    • Medical billing
    • Coding for insurance claims

    Clinical Medical Assisting Responsibilities Include:

    • Monitoring patient vital signs
    • Taking medical histories
    • Preparing patients for examination
    • Collecting laboratory samples

    What Skills are Needed

    Medical assisting training generally focuses on applied training in laboratory techniques and clinical procedures. They must also learn administrative practices such as patient record keeping and insurance billing along with key general education skills like written and oral communication, psychology, and more.

    Job Outlook for a Medical Assistants

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), medical assisting careers are projected to grow much faster than average over the 2014 through 2024 decade, with a 23 percent job growth forecast.(1,2)

    A medical assisting diploma and certification may help your prospects even more, according to the BLS report: 'Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification.'

    Do I need to Be Certified

    Certification as a medical assistant is not required, but it may give a resume a nice enhancement. And according to the BLS, "Employers prefer to hire certified assistants."(1,2)