Medical assistants have a variety of duties, which ensure the job is always interesting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
What can I do in medical assisting?
Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform routine administrative and clinical tasks under the direct supervision of a physician. Their duties vary depending on the specific size and specialty of the medical office. Medical assistants who specialize and work in the administrative area of a medical office use computers, answer telephones, greet patients, file and update medical records, complete insurance claim forms, arrange hospital admissions and surgeries, handle correspondence, and perform billing and bookkeeping for the medical practice. Medical assistants who specialize in the clinical area enter medical histories into electronic health records, take vital signs, explain treatment procedures to patients, prepare patients for examinations, assist physicians with examinations, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, draw blood, and perform basic laboratory tests. They also instruct patients with special needs and prepare and administer medications as directed.
What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?
Medical assistants must have good communication skills, a caring manner, problem-solving skills and the ability to demonstrate initiative and dependability. They must be able to multi-task and respect the confidential nature of medical information.
Where can I work?
Medical assistants generally work in physician offices, outpatient clinics and urgent care offices. A small percentage of medical assistants work in hospitals.
What does Trident Technical College offer?
Trident Technical College’s Medical Assisting program offers a diploma with hands-on training and internships that prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. An associate degree is available upon completion of the diploma program.
The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP - www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
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Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national AAMA certification examination.
The Medical Assisting program at Trident Technical College has an average retention rate of 77.44% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Exam, the premier credential in medical assisting. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the participation rate to take the CMA (AAMA) Exam was 98% with 93% passing the CMA (AAMA) Exam on the first attempt.