5 FAQs About the Medical Assisting Profession

  Posted on April 3, 2018

  Written by Jessica Holtsberry

Ohio Business College medical assistant student

If you’re searching for answers about the medical assisting profession, you’re probably ready for a big career change. You need a job that gives you a purpose. One that empowers you to do meaningful work.

Medical assisting is for individuals who want to commit to serving others. This career puts you in a fast-paced atmosphere where you assist our nation’s medical professionals. Medical assistants are the secret behind a well-run medical practice. They’re the employees who ensure the front office functions smoothly and the back office has what it needs to provide supportive healthcare. They work with physicians and specialists to ensure patients receive the care they need.

Are you up to the task? To learn more about the medical assisting profession, read through the five most asked medical assisting questions:

1. What does a medical assistant do?

Medical assistants work under the supervision of physicians and perform both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistant duties include:

Clinical Duties:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Taking vital signs
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Drawing blood
  • Changing dressings
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Prepping patients for exams
  • Assisting physicians during exams
  • Completing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medication and special diets

Administrative Duties:

  • Answering telephones
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Greeting and assisting patients in the waiting room
  • Updating electronic health records
  • Billing, coding, and filling out insurance forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services

2. How do I become a medical assistant in Ohio?

To become a medical assistant, you must complete a state approved medical assisting diploma program. Depending on the college you attend, programs can vary in length. Programs range from one year in length and result in a diploma, or two years in length and result in an associate degree.

Medical assistants who graduate from a program accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) qualify to take the AAMA certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant.

This certification must be renewed every five years. Accreditations from CAAHEP and ABHES are the gold standard for medical assistants throughout the United States.

3. Are medical assistants in-demand?

The short answer is: YES!

As one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2026 – projected to grow 29 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – medical assistants are in-demand healthcare professionals.

4. Where do medical assistants work?

Medical assistants can pursue jobs in numerous medical settings, including but not limited to:

5. How much do medical assistants make?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual mean salary for medical assistants is $31,540 per year.

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