Medical Assistant Training

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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The U.S. Department of Labor has projected that the career of medical assistant will be one of the fastest growing professions in the country in coming years. While some medical assistants receive on-the-job training in the field, the majority have completed a formal medical assistant education program. Employers tend to heavily favor applicants with an educational background in the field, as on-the-job training requires additional resources and time.

Medical assistants aid healthcare professionals with both administrative and clinical tasks. The majority of medical assistants are known as "generalists," as they are expected to fulfill a wide variety of duties. Medical assistants working in larger healthcare environments might sometimes specialize in a particular area, and report directly to the corresponding medical or office personnel.

Clinical Medical Assistant Training

While there are a number of responsibilities assigned to medical assistants, the clinical duties are stipulated by state law and vary accordingly. These duties can include preparing patients for examination, helping physicians conduct examinations, and the collection and preparation of laboratory specimens. Some medical assistants even conduct basic laboratory tests on specimens.

Medical assistants who specialize in a particular field often have additional duties. These can include conducting x-rays, sight and hearing tests, and other basic procedures. Many formal medical assistant training courses offer students the ability to specialize in a particular field after completing the initial training.


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