What is the Job Description of a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to assisting the doctor, carrying out clinical tasks, and completing administrative work.
Medical assistants may perform many different clinical duties including taking and recording vital signs, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, etc. Administrative tasks are as equally important in the medical assisting field and medical assistants are also in charge of scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, working with insurance files, and billing.
Assistants are responsible for making patients feel at ease while also preparing them for treatment. During medical visits, assistants work alongside the doctor.
In some larger practices, the tasks of administrative and clinical will be divided between the assistants. In most practices however, medical assistants should be savvy with all aspects of the medical practice. Administrative duties will be devoted to the organization of the office, insurance billing, and patient relations. Clinical tasks can vary from office to office and can include laboratory testing, drawing blood, sterilization of medical instruments, and doctor to patient instructions.
Length of Program
How can the class be so short?
Wichita Falls Medical Assistant School is a “hands-on learning program.” We take a different approach from traditional education. Our classes take place in a medical office rather than a class. There is hands on component to every part of our course. Our classes begin with a lecture/class discussion, but the majority of the students time is spent in labs learning the essential tools our students need for Medical Assisting. When our students graduate from our program and begin their career, they are at home in medical office.
How can a short course be as effective as a longer program?
As a newly hired Medical Assistant, your employer will have an expectation that you will known the basic skills of Medical Assisting. It’s those fundamental skills that we focus on teaching our students. Our custom designed curriculum set students up for success in knowing exactly what doctors will expect them to know.
Will I be more qualified if I attend a longer Medical Assistant program?
When you graduate from any medical assisting school you receive a certificate of completion. Many students ask if they can expect to make a high starting salary if they attend a longer school. The starting salary for a Medical Assistant does not have anything to do with how long you spent in school or how much you paid for you schooling.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What will my earning capacity be after successful completion of this course?
The mean annual wage for medical assistants was $14.41 an hour and $29,960 per year in 2014.
Will I be eligible for benefits with my employer?
Benefits vary by practice and should be discussed with the hiring practice.