A registered medical assistant, or RMA, is a trained medical assistant who has formally been educated to become a medical assistant. Most commonly, a registered medical assistant will work in a doctor's office. A registered medical assistant is usually responsible for a variety of tasks, such as communicating with insurance companies, answering phone lines, and scheduling patients' appointments. They must be able to accurately enter data into a patient's chart either electronically or physically.
A registered medical assistant also routinely collects basic vital signs from patients, which includes collecting an accurate weight and blood pressure. An RMA usually takes a patient's medical history and listens to a patient's questions or concerns that need to be addressed during their office visit.
An registered medical assistant assists doctors with medical procedures, gives routine injections, and carries out blood draws. Often, a registered medical assistant helps the patient when they require extra clarification on the doctor's orders.
The minimum education requirements for this role includes the successful completion of a registered medical assisting program. Admission to these programs usually require five years' experience in medical assisting.
Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) Tasks
- Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
- Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
- Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
- 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.