The many roles of a Medical Assistant in a healthcare facility

The role of a professional medical assistant varies depending on the function and size of their medical office. But one thing is sure: A medical assistant plays an important role, performing a dual role, handling both clinical and administrative duties around the office.

In your new career, your primary responsibility will be to act as the direct link between physicians and patients, as these medical professionals greatly depend upon their medical assistants to accurately complete their clinical responsibilities in addition to maintaining control of the office.

Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health can prepare you with the technical skills and industry-knowledge needed to be successful in a medical assisting career.

What do medical assistants do?

A professional medical assistant can seek employment in a variety of medical settings, from private practices to clinics to large hospitals. A work day for a medical assistant is never boring and it is a career that can be as challenging as it is fulfilling. Here is a brief rundown of the day-to-day duties of a professional medical assistant:

Administrative responsibilities

  • Greeting patients and assisting with admission forms
  • Assisting patients with insurance forms
  • Completing patient billing
  • Recording patient history and personal information
  • Scheduling patient appointments

Clinical duties

  • Administering injections as directed by the physician
  • Collecting samples for laboratory tests
  • Explaining treatment procedures or physicians’ instructions to patients
  • Helping the physician with patient examinations
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Preparing treatment rooms for patient examinations

Medical assisting job outlook

There has never been a better time to begin a new career as a professional medical assistant. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the number of medical assisting jobs is expected to increase by 29% by 2022, making it one of the fastest growing professions around.

Start your new healthcare career today!

If you are interested in a rewarding career in the growing health care industry and would like to know more about Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health’s Medical Assisting Program, call (603) 622-8400.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm*