What does a Certified Medical Assistant Do?
During the course of a day at work in a doctor’s office, there is virtually nothing that a certified medical assistant can’t do. While only a doctor can consult with and diagnose patients, the certified medical assistant can act in any other capacity. They can schedule appointments, take patients’ vital signs and draw blood, order prescriptions, get involved in patient education, transcribe medical reports, and bill insurance companies.
In addition to practical skills, students working towards a certification as a medical assistant will also learn about medical law and ethics, working with patients, and other theoretical aspects of the job that provide insight into how the medical field works, and the importance of preserving an ethical relationship between patients and medical professionals.
Around 70% of medical assistants work in the offices of doctors and other health practitioners such as chiropractors or podiatrists. Approximately 12% work in hospitals, while the remainder work in other types of health care facilities, such as nursing homes.