Medical Assistant Salary
A Medical Assistant earns an average wage of $14.12 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Job Description for Medical Assistant
Most of the time, medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, or medical clinics. They prepare treatment rooms to make sure that they are clean. They walk patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. They interview patients. They take patients’ vital signs, such as temperature, weight, and blood pressure. They write down other information, such as why the patients come to their facility, their symptoms, and medication that patients are currently taking. They must place all information given by their patients in their medical records.Read More...
They may be responsible for cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments. They may have to apply dressing and/or give medication to patients. They may have to perform routine laboratory tests. They may have to maintain inventory of medical supplies and materials. They may have to order needed materials and supplies directly from authorized vendors or from purchasing departments within their organization.
Employers require that medical assistants have a high school diploma or GED certificate. They must also have completed certificate programs from accredited medical assistant schools. Some employers require that candidates have a medical terminology certificate. They must know how to use personal computers, since they may have to enter patients’ information into their employer’s computer system. They must follow employers’ guidelines, policies, and procedures. They must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They may be required to train new medical assistants.
Medical Assistant Tasks
- Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
- May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.
- Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
- Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
- Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
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