A medical assistant instructor helps students learn the skills needed to obtain a medical assistant certification. The instructor works in a classroom to teach a curriculum that coincides with national and state requirements, as well as institutional policies. A medical assistant instructor must be innovative, as well as able to edit their curriculum in response to their own observations and input from students and others. Interpersonal skills are a must, as the medical assistant instructor works with staff and students on a regular basis. The instructor needs to constantly make sure that students understand the lessons, and if they are not, decide what needs to be reviewed or clarified to ensure student success. The ability to find appropriate supplemental materials is needed as well.
The medical assistant instructor needs to be able to perform the duties of medical assistants, as hands-on demonstrations are required in class. Recordkeeping skills are also needed, because records such as students’ grades must be accurate. Many positions may require the instructor to meet certain goals in student retention and attendance, so the instructor needs to constantly monitor students’ understanding and satisfaction with the course.
Education, training, and direct experience as a medical assistant, nurse, or doctor is needed for medical assistant instructor positions. Some positions require teaching experience, though many do not; regardless, the ability to give effective presentations is needed. The amount of college education needed for this position varies depending on institution, though in some positions, a post-baccalaureate degree is essential.
Medical Assistant Instructor Tasks
Evaluate the performance of students regarding achievements in curriculum and activities and make necessary provisions to meet learning needs.
Deliver pre-planned instructional material to achieve specific objectives based upon student need and established curriculum.
Maintain student attendance and grades in accordance with established policies.
Implement and evaluate daily lesson plans for students to include scheduled activities and hands on training.
Prepare final grades at the end of each term to update student records and transcripts.