Are you about to finish high school and wonder what you are going to do to earn a living? Are you just interested in developing a career where you can help others each day? Continue your education and become a medical assistant. A medical assistant works with doctors and nurses, in medical offices or hospitals; helping with patients, managing offices and more.
Courses training medical assistance’s cover topics including:
Study of Terminology
Learning how medical insurance works
Learning Clinical Procedures
Study of Laboratory Procedures
Responsibilities of Medical Assistance
Medical assistants handle not only patient care, but they also take care of the office paperwork and office administration. Patient care, under direct supervision of a medical professional, can include taking and recording patients vital signs, giving medication and injections, collecting specimens for laboratory tests and recording medical data. An understanding of medical tools and equipment is necessary to assist the staff and patients. Other activities may involve removing sutures and changing bandages.
Office work can include filing insurance forms and papers, admitting patients to the hospital and bookkeeping and record keeping for the office. After getting an education to become a medical assistant, you can become certified through an accredited program. Many junior colleges and community colleges offer certification programs.
With the aging population, more medical assistants are needed to keep physicians offices and hospitals organized and running smoothly. The position can lead to advancement over time. Many medical assistance become office managers for medical clinics and physicians offices. The Bureau of Labor Statistics believes that there will be a steady growth in demand for medical assistance through the year 2020.
Many schools with training programs also have services that help with job placement. Once you complete your education, you can start working right away.