What is medical assisting?

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty.

Why should I consider majoring in nursing?

While studying nursing, students learn professionalism, competence and commitment throughout the healthcare process. They also learn the ability to apply the principles of ethical, moral, legal decision making in nursing. Students learn to effectively communicate with patients, community partners and health-care providers while sharing accurate information and providing quality health care. They gain the ability to handle catastrophes, crises and everyday challenges in a confident, efficient and caring way. Students prepare for lifelong learning to keep up with advances in the profession throughout their entire career. They also achieve an understanding of how cultural, social, political and economic factors impact the health of individuals, families, groups and communities.

What interests and values are related to medical assisting?

In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

What career fields are related to medical assisting?

  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Medical secretaries
  • Medical transcriptionists
  • Clinical medical assistants perform duties similar to those of:
  • Dental assistants
  • Dental hygienists
  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
  • Nursing and psychiatric aides
  • Occupational therapist assistants and aides
  • Pharmacy technicians and aides
  • Physical therapist assistants and aides
  • Surgical technologists

AAMA Certification Exam passing rate

2011 - 96% 24 out of 25 students 
2012 - 94% 50 out of 53 students 
2013 - 98% 51 out of 52 students 
2014 - 97% 36 out of 37 students 
2015 - 92% 47 out of 51 students

How can I learn more about medical assisting?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

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