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.