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Medical Assistant - Bachelors

Salary Range $18,860 - $36,840 What does someone in this field do?
With a Medical assistant degree, it will enable one to perform various tasks that differ from office to office, depending on the size and location of the practice and the practitioner's area of expertise. Small practices apply medical assistant training to do an array of tasks. These include, managing both administrative and clinical duties.  Applications of medical assistant training also are to report straight to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Larger practices apply medical assistant training under the watchful eye of department administrators. The medical assistants lean to concentrate in a particular area if expertise.

Medical assistant certification allows for one to gather and prep lab specimens and occasionally perform basic lab tests on site. Medical assistant certification also allows for one to get rid of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical equipment. Medical assistant training also allows one to teach patients about medications and special diets. Prepping and administering medications (directed by a physician), consent to refill drugs (including telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy), draw blood, prep patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, and remove stitches are all tasks done with medical assistant training.

Medical assistants update and file patients' medical records, complete insurance forms, and organize hospital admittances. Medical assistants also answer phones, greet patients, handle communication, schedule appointments, and handle billing and bookkeeping. General duties that are learned in medical assistant training include gathering medical histories and documenting vital signs, illustrating treatment procedures to patients, prepping patients for exams, and assisting physicians during exams.
Overview
Medical assistant training usually lasts 2 year with medical assistant associate degree. Medical assistant training covers anatomy, accounting, insurance processing, transcription, medical terminology, physiology, typing, and recordkeeping. Medical assistant training teaches one pharmaceutical principles, lab techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, administration of medicines, as well as administering first aid.
 
Additionally, medical assistant programs include studies of office practices, ethics, patient relations, and medical law. There many schools that accredit medical assistant programs. Accredited medical assistant schools offer internships that provide hands on experience in a physicians' office, hospital, or other health care facility. Employers desire experienced workers with medical assistant training for hire or those with medical assistant certification. While not a requirement, medical assistant certification exhibits that a medical assistant meets certain principles of competence.


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