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Medical Assistant WP

Medical Assistant WP

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EVERYTHINGYOU NEED TOKNOW ABOUTMEDICALASSISTING
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL ASSISTING2
NATURE OF WORK 
Unlike physician assistants who examine,diagnose, and treat patients, medicalassistants perorm administrative andclinical tasks to ensure the oce is runningsmoothly. Medical assistants may work in the oces o physicians, podiatrists,chiropractors, dermatologists or otherhealth care acilities
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.Administrative medical assistant jobsinclude answering telephones, greetingpatients, scheduling appointments,and perorming other bookkeepingresponsibilities. Other tasks includeupdating patients’ medical records, llingout insurance orms, and organizinglaboratory services and hospitaladmissions. Tey also keep doctors on schedule throughout the day.Clinical medical assistant tasks vary rom state to state. However, most tasks include taking medicalhistories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, assisting physicians duringexaminations, changing dressings, drawing blood, preparing patients or x-rays, taking electrocardiograms,and removing sutures. Clinical medical assistants may also talk to patients about medications andspecial diets
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TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
In order to become a medical assistant, you need to have a diploma rom high school. Some medicalassistants are trained on the job; however, those who complete a training program will get better pay andbetter job prospects. Nowadays, most medical assistants must have a postsecondary diploma or certication. Tere are various vocational schools, junior colleges, and community colleges that oer postsecondary medical assisting programs. Tese programs help prepare you with everything you need to know about theeld.Employers oten hire those with certicates over those without. Getting certied in medical is necessary togain the best position. Tere are various organizations that award certication to medical assistants. Amongthose the National Commission or Certiying Agencies (NCCCA) and the American Association o 
QUICK FACTS
• Medical Assistants assure the day-to-day ofceoperations, and see that all tasks are being handledappropriately. They welcome patients and support thedoctor to keep the work ow going. They also completepatients’ medical records, take vital signs, educated themon methods to improve health, and teach them how totake medications.• The
 average
annual salary is $44,000.• Employment is expected to grow 35% in the next veyears.• A high school diploma is all that is required to begin.• Training takes between 1 and 2 years.• You can apply now to start training in this exciting eld.
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL ASSISTING3
Medical Assistants (AAMA) are the most well known. It is also possible to be certied in a specialized areao medical assisting such as podiatry, optometry, or ophthalmology. Tere are two certicates that are the most recognized: the CMA and RMA. Te CMA, or Certied Medical Assistant, is usually given by the American Association o MedicalAssistants (AAMA). It is given only ater an accredited program in medical assisting is completed
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.In order to gain the CMA, aspiring medical assistants must pass a rigorous examination to test theirknowledge and understanding o health care delivery. Tose who get a CMA must renew their credential every ve years. Tis ensures that those possessing aCMA are current with the new procedures. Te RMA, or Registered Medical Assistant, is given by the National Commission or Certiying Agencies(NCCCA). In order to receive an RMA, a person must either be a recent graduate o an accreditedmedical assisting program or have been employed as a medical assistant or a minimum o ve years.For those who gain an RMA, they are required to renew it every three years
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EDUCATION
 You can complete education in medical assisting online or in aclassroom setting. Regardless o whether you complete coursesonline or in a classroom, classes cover the same topics:
• Anatomy, physiology, medical terminology • Typing, transcription, recordkeeping, accounting, insurance
processing
• Office practices, patient relations, medical law 
and ethics
• Most accredited programs include an internship or
externship to provide you with practical experiencebeore you begin ull time.
Online Learning 
For those o you with hectic liestyles or no time toattend class, online courses in medical billing andcoding may be or you. Tere are a vast amounto programs that oer online courses with the

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