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Medical Assistant Job Description, Career as a Medical Assistant, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: High school plus training

Salary: Median—$24,610 per year

Employment Outlook: Excellent

Definition and Nature of the Work

Medical assistants aid physicians by performing administrative duties and handling basic clinical tasks. They work in doctors' offices, hospitals, and medical clinics, helping to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. The job description of a medical assistant varies from office to office. Some assistants do patient and laboratory work exclusively. Others are responsible for medical records, bookkeeping, and answering phones. In most small offices, medical assistants may handle all these tasks.

Most medical assistants work in private offices. Clinical duties vary according to state law. Some medical assistants may help doctors examine and treat patients. They may check the height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure of each patient. Assistants write down patients' medical histories and run simple laboratory tests. Sometimes they answer patients' questions about medicines and treatment at home. Assistants may also give injections, apply bandages, and take X-rays. Many assistants take electrocardiograms, which measure the electrical impulses of the heart.

Medical assistant filing patient records

Medical assistants are sometimes in charge of buying and maintaining medical equipment and furniture for the doctor's office. They may also act as office managers. They plan the doctor's schedule, greet patients, file records and correspondence, and type letters and bills. Assistants keep medical records up to date and handle tax and insurance forms. At the doctor's request they arrange for laboratory tests or for a patient's admission to the hospital. In a large group practice or in a hospital clinic, the duties of the medical assistant may be divided among several assistants.

Education and Training Requirements

A high school diploma is required to enter this field. Although medical assistants can be trained on the job, most employers prefer to hire graduates of formal training programs. Vocational schools offer one-year programs resulting in a certificate or diploma. Community colleges offer two-year programs leading to an Most medical assistants help doctors examine and treat patients. Their duties include drawing blood, giving injections, and checking the height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure of each patient. (© Darryl Bush/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis.) associate degree. Students study anatomy, physiology, medical ethics, and medical terminology. They learn laboratory techniques, clinical procedures, and first aid. They are also given practical training in computer skills, accounting, and insurance processing. More than 350 programs have been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

A medical assistant can become certified or registered by various associations such as the American Association of Medical Assistants or the American Medical Technologists. This involves meeting certain training and experience requirements, as well as passing a national test. Certification and registration are not necessary for employment, but they give a person professional standing.

Getting the Job

High school placement offices may be able to help graduating students find a job. State employment offices and private employment agencies that specialize in medical job placements often list openings. In many communities, a local medical assisting association handles job openings throughout the country. Often, the local medical society serves as a clearinghouse for employment possibilities in doctors' offices. The want ads in newspapers and professional journals also list job opportunities.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Advancement can come with experience and further training. Medical assistants who show leadership qualities can become supervisors.

The employment outlook for medical assistants is excellent. Medical assisting is projected to grow much faster than average through the year 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is expected to be one of the fastest-growing employment areas. The best job prospects are for medical assistants with formal training, experience, or both. Medical assistants with word processing and computer skills will also have an advantage.

The growing needs of an aging population combined with an increase in the number of doctors contribute to a greater demand for medical assistants. Also, more diagnostic testing and a heavier, more complex volume of paperwork will cause employment growth. Many doctors need at least one assistant, and large group practices, clinics, and hospitals need many. As the total number of jobs for medical assistants continues to grow, the high turnover rate in the occupation will also create many openings each year.

Working Conditions

Doctors' offices, hospitals, and clinics are busy and challenging places in which to work. The duties are generally varied. Medical assistants typically work forty hours per week. Those who work in private offices may work some evenings and Saturdays.

Where to Go for More Information

American Association of Medical Assistants
20 North Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-1500
http://www.aama-ntl.org

American Medical Technologists
10700 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60068
(847) 823-5169
http://www.amt1.com

Earnings and Benefits

Earnings depend on training, experience, size of practice, and geographic location. Medical assistants who have an associate degree generally earn more than those who have little or no training. The median income for medical assistants was $24,610 per year in 2004, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages are typically higher in the Northeast and the West. Benefits usually include paid holidays and vacations. Medical assistants who work for clinics, hospitals, and group practices also receive health insurance and pension plans.

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almost 6 years ago

Can anyone clearly explain the difference between an MA (medical assistant) and a CNA (certified nursing assistant)? Any info would be appreciated.

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over 6 years ago

I completed the medical assistant program and started working right away ..The pay was pennies.. Its not fair how medical assistants do so much and get paid pennies.. Seriously we are the back bone for the doctors. work is great and you learn a lot and get to help people .. but we are so under paid..

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almost 7 years ago

Hello, I'm graduating from a medical assistant program. I choice to pick that path is because it is so broad.. you can even travel with it. It is so much to do with medical assistant. Search your option. If you are in school your instructors or professor knows you know what type of person you are. If anything ask God first guidance it really helps put him first you will always stirr straight...a witness

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almost 7 years ago

Everyone out there trying to become a MA go to schools that have accredition. Its a plus regardless of what state you stay in do alot of searches resumes cover letter resume letters of recommendations, reference be prepare an pray

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about 7 years ago

Im 32 yrs old I want to become a Medical Assistant but I dont have the $$ to afford it I dont know what to do??

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about 6 years ago

hey there good day..im starting getting medical of assistant and i have no idea about it because of im under graduated of tourism management..lots of people get that kind of course but still they cant find a job.so do you think that i have no guts to get that coure?do you guys could help me im gonna finish that course?

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almost 6 years ago

a CNA is not allowed to give medication or perform and medical procedures on a patient,they bathe, dress and feed patient on a daily basis,measure and record basic signs, a MA is allow to take blood, read and perform EKGs, Assist the physician during the examination,Collect and prepare laboratory specimens,Remove sutures and change dressing.
That's the difference.

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almost 7 years ago

Hey Im a High School Student in the
12th Grade and i was thinking about
going into the Medical Assistant field , and I wonder What is the average length its take to Get Into College and Get out and Get a Good Job!

:) please respondd!
I Have Alot Of Things I Want To Know!

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about 7 years ago

Why is it that they don't make enough money for the hardwork they do. They should get paid just like the RN's and the LPN's. I always wanted to be a medical assistant but if it means im waisting my time why not go for another health career.

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almost 7 years ago

I just obtained my associates degree in medical assistant in South Carolina but due to my living conditions I need to move back to Massachusetts and I still need to do my externship. Where can I go. I live in Springfield, Massachusetts

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about 7 years ago

Hi, my name is Megan and I'm currently a junior in high school. I am taking a health career class that allows me to study all of the many different careers. I have found that a Medical Assistant(MA) is something that interests me, I liked it because it would give me the chance to help others in a way where I won't mess up or be under extreme pressure.

Very little information is provided, what I would like to know is this, does a MA eventually earn more than 24k a year? That, I know is certainly not enough to survive on.

What college would give me the best opportunities? I have no idea what college or university to go to and my senior year is coming faster and faster, I'm afraid that it'll be here before I know it and then I'll be a high school graduate standing around saying "Well...what do I do now?" I basically just want to hop into my career as soon as possible.

Any help would be wonderful! PLEASE email your response, I can't check this site often, seeing as I'm using it for direct information on my career research paper.

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almost 7 years ago

This is addressing Jake which posted: What job comes after being a medical assistant? I have been a medical assistant for five years. What is after?



Well Jake I too was a medical assistant for a number of years, I can only share my experiencewith you, After leaving my MA position I became an Instructor in Medical Assisting. You need 3-5 years of experience, most places would lke you to be a CMA. The pay is fantastic I make over 45,9000 a year. You can share your knowledge and experience with interesting students, If your not into teaching, you can do the one of the other functions in a post secondary educational facility, such as externs, placement, program director, etc. Anyway my day consists of 4 hours extern coordinating,(going out in the field recruiting extern-sites), then 4 hours teaching an evening MA class. I love it, I have the best of both worlds. Hope that helps you.





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about 1 year ago

joan you commented on my spelling six years ago and its taking me until today to notice you.That should tell you something.Smart students are the ones who stay focused on the things that really matter, doing their very best and getting the most out of what they learn.if you focus on what you are learning and stop worrying about what other people are doing,you will know that your writing is not perfect.You see, the thing that makes me smarter than you is that i recognize my mistakes but you don't recognize yours. A first grader should be able to spell medical and know that the beginning of a sentence should have a capital letter.I speak on behalf of myself an every one else that we medical assisting students concerned about being able to define terms related to patient safety such things as, proper documentation of of medical records,effective communication,educating patients about the proper use of medications,nutrition diet and much more. In addition the role of medical assisting education is broad in its scope.These are a few of the subjects that you will learn, medical terminology,anatomy and physiology,medical ethics,pharmacology,keyboarding,

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almost 7 years ago

Hello everyone, I happened upon this website and enjoyed reading all the comments. Good information and thank you to all the participants. I learned I should think outside the box for my options. Of all the comments I chose teaching and travel. Not sure how the traveling works. I also choose not to respond to negative comments. I started out as a CNA, Then an MA in the the 80's and 90's before all the schooling. I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now. It would be nice if the clinics and hospitals could come together and except both at their entity. I have college credits outside of the medical field. If I knew then what I know now I would have chosen the Masters/BS degree in medical managment. My goal has never been to be a Nurse or a Doctor. I agree it is best to shoot for the top. Get the degree in Medical Management, Be the Unit Health Coordinator or the RMA,Office Manager, just do what you love. What I found is If you know where you want to work, start your research there because that establishment may only except students from there approved schools, otherwise you may have a hard time getting an externship or getting hired. Chances are much better if you know what schools the establishment you want to extern and work for contracts with. Good Luck and I hope I helped someone also.

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almost 7 years ago

Hi, my name is Tiffany. I am a current student for medical assisting (MA) recieving an AOS. For the comments placed earlier, if you want to become a MA then do it. Dont let others base your decision because of thier experences. The health field is a service field you will never get paid that amount of money that you want unless you are a MD. As for MA's there are certifications that you can obtain to make more money as well. You also have to know how to market yourself. Remember it's not what others want you to do, its about what you want to do!

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over 7 years ago

Hi I'm from Southgate Mi. I start on Monday the 4th of January 2010., as a medical assistant, i'm very scared to start does anyone have tips for me to get thru the next year? I'm excited about starting, just concerned on how to study.take care everyone and good luck to all.Diana

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over 7 years ago

To Jodie and any others wondering about the title "nurse": no, you may not use it at all, nor should anyone else call you "nurse" unless you are licensed as a nurse (RN or LVN - or advanced practice nurse) in the state where you are working. You can find the law regarding this in the Nurse Practice Act (http://www.bne.state.tx.us/nursinglaw/pdfs/npa2007.pdf )Section 301.251 (d) for Texas. Good luck in your career!

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over 6 years ago

hello, i finished my medical assistant in 2004 and i still can't find a job i even went as far as to put in for work out side of where i live it is so sad so now i'm doing cna work.

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over 6 years ago

Do u have to be a registerded medical assistant to work in another state as a medical assistant?

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over 6 years ago

What are the average hours you work? Do you work most weekends?

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over 6 years ago

hi, my name is christina and i was wondering if anybody knows how long will i be in college till i am certified as a medical assistant? Will it be months years? just wondering because i don't know how long i will be in college. i appreciate it if only the people that are certified as a medical assistant please respond, thank you and have a nice day and god bless.

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over 5 years ago

Medical Assistant Job Description, Career as a Medical Assistant, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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over 5 years ago

Has anyone ever went to Ross Medical for MA?

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over 5 years ago

Im a single mother. Im about to start school for medical assisting in december. How is this school? They are accredited now.

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over 5 years ago

I am 55 years old and I became a CMA 4 years ago. I work with a provider 5 days a week, the key to a good MA is knowing your limits and your scope of service. Taking good care of your patients, and having a good and trusting relationship with your provider. The more you show that you knbow what your doing the more your provider will allow you to do. Always do your job to the fullest, always having your patients well being in mind. The pay is not quite aqs high as LPN but it is close enough, I actually get to do alot for my provider and she appreciates me and my job performance. Couldn't ask for a better job.

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about 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this information. Very helpful to learn more about my career as well as helping with a school project.

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over 6 years ago

I am a Medical Assistant over 5 years experience. Now no job over a year. I look everyday to find something but no luck. What I do now. I am unable to go back to school at this time. Not enough money still I have student loan for my medical assistant school. I don't belive this is a wright field for any one.

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over 6 years ago

I'm in a pre-medical class and have an assignment and this hardly even helped! Just informing you people out in the world. I still need legal and ethical responsibilities! Plus job responsibilities! Please add this stuff!

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over 6 years ago

I'm a single mother, and I wanted a job that I could get my associates degree in. I chose medical assisting I enroll soon. I have a few questions about the experiences of the job. Like some of the routine task I know but how many actual emergency cases has a MA actually had to deal with? I just want to make sure I know what I'm getting into, If the job is worth the pay?, do you have to go back to school to work in a specialized office?, and just in general a medical assistants intake on their career. Please only email if you have actually worked as or are a medical assistant. Thanks!

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over 6 years ago

Isnt it okay to have your GED instead of a high school diploma?

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over 6 years ago

Hi I started college right out of high school in 2007. I have had many problems with my college and switched to the AAS medical assistant program and am now starting my third and final semester (I had credits that transferred from other classes etc.) I should be starting my externship soon in a pediatric office and am nervous! Anyone have experience in Peds? Is it considered a specialty and does it pay higher than a general famuily doctor? I live in wny (buffalo) and was wondering about pay etc. because I keep on hearing all different things. I am stressed out though because I have had many problems with my college canceling classes on me numerous times and now Im stuck taking alot on top of my externship plus I have a bad sleeping problem. Also I was alone in my clinical based class and the teacher barely taught me. Any info or advice would be great thanks!

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almost 7 years ago

i do agree with angela and jessica comments if u really love medical field u should go straight for RN, dont waste ur time on ma or moa, unless u dont want to suceed higher in ur career, at first i thought ma was easier and faster didnt want much pressure as an rn but to tell u the truth ma work harder than rn so dont waste ur time go straight for ur degree

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about 7 years ago

Well, i will be starting school on monday. Does anyone work as a MA in Oklahoma?... i was wondering how much Oklahoma pays? so if you work in the field or have any info i would apritiated. thanks

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about 7 years ago

im doing a school project on careers and i really thought i should be a medical assistant because i love working with people everyday.. what do you have to do to become and medical assistant?

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about 7 years ago

What job comes after being a medical assistant? I have been a medical assistant for five years. What is after?

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about 7 years ago

I am seeing a lot of comments on programs that are only weeks. But I am looking at a 2year associates in MA. Doesnt that pay more? or is it a waste of time. I would prefer to get my associates cause i could always go back to school later and add on right?

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about 7 years ago

Jessica



You are so right! I am very happy to see your response. Continue to do your best ... Let the world see your light...we need people like you.

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about 7 years ago

Can anybody tell me the difference between a certified medical assistant and a registered medical assistant?
I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.
I appreciate all the help I can get.

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about 7 years ago

Hello ladies/gents: I have been a MA for 4 yrs and make decent money ($17.00/hr). I decided to attend college a year after graduating from school for medical assisting b/c advancement opportunities in the field are few and far between. You may be able to get promoted to office manager, but if you choose to continue to work on the clinical side, you aren't ever going to earn as much money as a RN, NP, PA or even LPN. That's a fact no matter how intelligent you are, or how good you are at your job. It's all about credentials, and your limited to a Drs. office b/c a hospital will not usually hire you w/o a license, even if you have the working knowledge and skills required. The bottom line is they want to be protected from law suits. Your job is as important and the practice and license of the MD your working for. So, if you love medical assisting or are sure you want to go further in your career, I strongly suggest going back to school. Knowing what I know now, I would have gotten my CNA instead of CMA b/c I would have been able to work at the hospital where they usually pay for furthering your education granted your grades are maintained and you sign a contract for a couple yrs w/ their organization. That way you can obtain much more on-the-job training and attend school for RN, NP, PA or even MD for free. Dont get me wrong, I have learned more in the past four years than I had ever dreamed, but it would have been much simpler and faster if I would have paid $2000 for a 6 month class earning college credits, then worked in the hospital with a thousand options rather than paying $5500 for 1 yr of schooling w/ no advancement potential, limited to a Drs. office and none of my hard work in class can be transferred to any college for credit. This is just my opinion, but please weigh all your options before you chose a course of action. Best of Luck-Jess in MD

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over 7 years ago

Hi, I am thinking about attending school for medical assisting. my first choice is Ross medical education in grand rapids,Michigan. Does anyone have any comments about this school. I really would like some information about this school. Thank you.

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over 7 years ago

HI I WAS JUST WONDERING HOW MUCH IS THE STARTING PAY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANT?I START SCHOOL IN JAN 2010,BUT IT WONDERS ME BECAUSE THE COURSE IS 13WKS AND OTHER SCHOOLS ARE 9MTHS.WHAT SHOUKD I DO?

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over 7 years ago

I agree with Sabrina and Mayra, Joan should be ashamed! O wait, I better spellcheck this before I send it. O Crap! Where is the spellcheck on this thing, is spellcheck one word or two. I got my BA in Accounting not in English and grammar.

I thank everyone for sharing, you shouldn't be worried about grammar when sharing.



Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year too all, but Joan.

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over 7 years ago

My name is Christy, I have been a CMA for almost 5 years. In order to keep going in this career you have to take the next step and take charge. I started out at 8.25 in a family practice and just got promoted to office manager making 25.00 per hour. No matter what career you choose, just apply yourself well and it will pay off.

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over 7 years ago

I am 38 yrs old and have been a CMA for 18 yrs. I went to school in 1991. I worked OB/GYN for many years, I then work for Fertility clinic for 4 yrs and assisted with procedures. The Reward for helping people is very satisfying. Though I am here to say I have worked for a Family Practitioner for 2 yrs and I am still making what I did 4 yrs ago. Told I am at the top of what I make. $14.25 hr. So if you are looking for advancement and salary increases that is fair you need to go back to school. Learn from those that are older, wiser and have more experience.

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over 8 years ago

I am almost finished with my AS degree in medical assisting. I have completed the course in Louisiana and I am having a hard time finding a job, I am begining to wonder if it's the field I Chose or if it's the state our Ecomony is in could someone please E-mail me and let me know the salary that other states are offering and the demands for the job.

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about 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information! It’s very useful for a lot people to grow up their mind.
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over 6 years ago

Hi my name is Camille and I am doing my internship in Martinsburg WV. We want to know if Medical Asstants can give injections? Please help me with this because I really want to get started giving the Flu shots.

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over 6 years ago

I am in school online for a Medical Assistants Associate Degree, if you don't have the money to go to school you can do it on line cheaper. I go to Penn Foster on line. Its a great school you just pay $29 down and then pay a monthly payment of $42 a month. I getting ready to start my second semester. Its a great school, I even got my diploma there. You should try it.

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about 7 years ago

Someone! PLEASE tell me the average starting pay.im interested in this field but, somethings being said are making me wonder if im gonna have enough money coming in to support myself and/or family.

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over 7 years ago

yes, I agree with Sabrina. Im also interested in MA and just happen to read the comments to see the opinions of others. I did notice the grammer mistakes but that was the least concern on my mind. but the comment Joan left was the only negative one. people that take time out to give advice to others or the people who are asking for advice shouldnt have to worry about people like you checking their grammer!

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over 7 years ago

It's sad to know that people like you Joan, will find any reason to be so negative. With all that's going on in world, your biggest concerns...is grammar, are you kidding me!!

This website was created to assist people in the medical field or looking to join the medical field, not turning in an essay. You want correct grammar or criticize become a teacher. I happen to think this is a very helpful website, and thank you for all your feed back.

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over 8 years ago

hello my name is vanessa and i am currently looking into going to medical school. I have decide that i wanted to attend concord medical school they sound like they have a really good program. i am very excited . however it worries me because of what other people say that there is always a chance that i wont get a job after i graduate. and that is alot of money to spend and alot of time to get trained and not get a job what is the percentage of students that dont get jobs after they graduate, and also how much does a medical assistant make to start off and it is really hard my father said that it was and there is alot of termology. im nervous help ....

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almost 9 years ago

I am currently taking courses to become a medical assistant. I would like to know what type of medical job I can do until I receive my degree.

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over 9 years ago

i resently took the medicsal assisting program at lincoln tech in somervile. it was cei when i inrolled in the program but it began to undergo some changes. the school had problems retaining teachers and some times students had to end up without teachers or have the same teacher for many courses. this made the teachers very irritable.my grades were ok but i didnt get to participate in an externship. the school ran the program over the intended program schedule of just 12 months i earned 41 credits from the 46 credit program but i didnt graduate from the program. the credits are not transferable. what can i do?

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about 10 years ago

i was wondering is olympia college a good school to go to in getting my medical assitant training. there are a lot of commericails everywhere for the school but i wa wondering are they credential as good as they say they are because we learn a lot on labotory procedures but on administrative procedures it is very minimal.

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over 5 years ago

Medical Assistant Job Description, Career as a Medical Assistant, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: High school plus training

Salary: Median—$24,610 per year

Employment Outlook: Excellent
Definition and Nature of the Work

Medical assistants aid physicians by performing administrative duties and handling basic clinical tasks. They work in doctors' offices, hospitals, and medical clinics, helping to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. The job description of a medical assistant varies from office to office. Some assistants do patient and laboratory work exclusively. Others are responsible for medical records, bookkeeping, and answering phones. In most small offices, medical assistants may handle all these tasks.

Most medical assistants work in private offices. Clinical duties vary according to state law. Some medical assistants may help doctors examine and treat patients. They may check the height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure of each patient. Assistants write down patients' medical histories and run simple laboratory tests. Sometimes they answer patients' questions about medicines and treatment at home. Assistants may also give injections, apply bandages, and take X-rays. Many assistants take electrocardiograms, which measure the electrical impulses of the heart.
Medical assistant filing patient records

Medical assistants are sometimes in charge of buying and maintaining medical equipment and furniture for the doctor's office. They may also act as office managers. They plan the doctor's schedule, greet patients, file records and correspondence, and type letters and bills. Assistants keep medical records up to date and handle tax and insurance forms. At the doctor's request they arrange for laboratory tests or for a patient's admission to the hospital. In a large group practice or in a hospital clinic, the duties of the medical assistant may be divided among several assistants.
Education and Training Requirements

A high school diploma is required to enter this field. Although medical assistants can be trained on the job, most employers prefer to hire graduates of formal training programs. Vocational schools offer one-year programs resulting in a certificate or diploma. Community colleges offer two-year programs leading to an Most medical assistants help doctors examine and treat patients. Their duties include drawing blood, giving injections, and checking the height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure of each patient. (© Darryl Bush/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis.) associate degree. Students study anatomy, physiology, medical ethics, and medical terminology. They learn laboratory techniques, clinical procedures, and first aid. They are also given practical training in computer skills, accounting, and insurance processing. More than 350 programs have been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

A medical assistant can become certified or registered by various associations such as the American Association of Medical Assistants or the American Medical Technologists. This involves meeting certain training and experience requirements, as well as passing a national test. Certification and registration are not necessary for employment, but they give a person professional standing.
Getting the Job

High school placement offices may be able to help graduating students find a job. State employment offices and private employment agencies that specialize in medical job placements often list openings. In many communities, a local medical assisting association handles job openings throughout the country. Often, the local medical society serves as a clearinghouse for employment possibilities in doctors' offices. The want ads in newspapers and professional journals also list job opportunities.
Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Advancement can come with experience and further training. Medical assistants who show leadership qualities can become supervisors.

The employment outlook for medical assistants is excellent. Medical assisting is projected to grow much faster than average through the year 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is expected to be one of the fastest-growing employment areas. The best job prospects are for medical assistants with formal training, experience, or both. Medical assistants with word processing and computer skills will also have an advantage.

The growing needs of an aging population combined with an increase in the number of doctors contribute to a greater demand for medical assistants. Also, more diagnostic testing and a heavier, more complex volume of paperwork will cause employment growth. Many doctors need at least one assistant, and large group practices, clinics, and hospitals need many. As the total number of jobs for medical assistants continues to grow, the high turnover rate in the occupation will also create many openings each year.
Working Conditions

Doctors' offices, hospitals, and clinics are busy and challenging places in which to work. The duties are generally varied. Medical assistants typically work forty hours per week. Those who work in private offices may work some evenings and Saturdays.
Where to Go for More Information

American Association of Medical Assistants
20 North Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-1500
http://www.aama-ntl.org

American Medical Technologists
10700 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60068
(847) 823-5169
http://www.amt1.com
Earnings and Benefits

Earnings depend on training, experience, size of practice, and geographic location. Medical assistants who have an associate degree generally earn more than those who have little or no training. The median income for medical assistants was $24,610 per year in 2004, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages are typically higher in the Northeast and the West. Benefits usually include paid holidays and vacations. Medical assistants who work for clinics, hospitals, and group practices also receive health insurance and pension plans.
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almost 7 years ago

i just want to ask a question.My question is that,i completed Training college back in Africa which is a diploma certificate.Now,i want to where i will start from to begin this Medical Assistant course.

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about 7 years ago

i have a higher national diploma in nigeria,and i want to have a career in medical assisstant.what do i do?

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about 7 years ago

Megan, and anyone else wanting to be a medical assistant. Go to school for LPN or RN. Dont waist time and money for a job that pays you less for the same hard work. I have been a medical assistant for 7 years now and I work harder than any RN and LPN and I get 1/3 the pay. You are better off toughing through it and go through the hard work of nursing school.

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almost 9 years ago

Why not take an Associates program and get an RN instead? They make triple the money, it takes 2.5 years and some courses are similar (anatomy & physiology, some basic clinical skills.) Plus, nurses are in high demand (experienced or not).

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over 6 years ago

hey good morning!!! i was wondering what my G.P.A have to be to become the medical Assistant i wont to be... And how long would it take to finsh...

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over 6 years ago

Medical Assistant Job Description, Career as a Medical Assistant, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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over 6 years ago

I am thinking of becoming a medical assistant after i graduate. What exactly does a medical assistant job consist of?
Pay?

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over 6 years ago

Hi , I just graduated with an AAS in Medical assisting and have been looking for a job, in lafayette Indiana. Every one wants experience. Anyone have any suggestions of what I should do?

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over 6 years ago

Hello everyone, my name is fee and i am currently a freshman in college going for my m.a.a degree.i've always been a people person and this major has been my passion since i was a teenager and now since im older im much wiser about what i want to do with my life n even tho at this moment right now i dnt wanna pursue my career any further than a supervisor in this business. my question is is this career path im taking middle class? dnt get me wrong but i wanna beable 2 have ah car note, buy a house n still able to supply other bills n kids needs as well without living from check 2 check. thanks i'd appreciate it

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over 6 years ago

i was just wondering do you think you will get paid more by becoming a nurse or a medical assistant??

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over 6 years ago

hi this is what i think i am intrested in doing when i get older but i have one question is it fun to do

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over 6 years ago

To answer Camille's question, yes we do give injections. subcutaneous,intramuscular, and gluteal injections. we also draw blood using several different methods. The only thing that an MA is not allowed to do is put medication into an IV. atleast that is how it works where I live in Texas

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over 6 years ago

I was just wanting to know what skills are most important to succeed as a medical assistant?

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over 6 years ago

I am a senior this year in highschool and i was wondering what courses could i take in tech to pursue this career as a medical office assistant

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about 7 years ago

Hi. I'm going to school for Medical Office Assistant and was wondering if anyone who has gone for the program knows the answer to my question.. I've read/heard that MOA's sometimes take patient vital signs etc,. Is this correct?

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about 7 years ago

Hi!I was wondering which specialty would be better to work in? I'm looking for a peaceful, mellow enviornment where i can take care of patients without having to rush. I like to do routine stuff I was thinking dermatologist or optometrist? any suggestions?

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about 7 years ago

hello everybody i am doing a school project for mi english techer Mr. Hatcher. we are doing it on what we would like to be when we grow up. i chose a medical assistant because i like to work with people and i like helping people so what good of a job would it be to do this. right?

well i dont know verry much but i am doing reserch. i have to interview am MA (medical assistant) and i dont know anybody so if you could send me an e-mail i would like that.

thanx :)

from- nicole

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about 7 years ago

I am currently going to a community college to be a medical office assistant..I am learning a lot but some of it is hard for me ... I am just concerned about finding a job after school...

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over 7 years ago

I've been a Certified Medical Assistant for 7 years. It is a great profession to get into. Wherever you go, there is always a need in this occupation. You will get paid more working for a specialist. The workload is usually lighter. When I've worked for family practice or internal medicine, the pay is less and it's always fast paced, much more work load!

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over 7 years ago

well im studing for MA as well n my course is only 4 months long and then after that im doing my 160 hrs of externship n i'll be ready to work as an MA.

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over 7 years ago

Hey everyone :), I am currently in school for the Ma program that is 11 months long, But I am thinking of just going for my Associates in MA what do ya think any advice??? I am taking anatomy and physiology right now I have 2 friends of mine who are in the same class and the are going for ECHO cardiac ultrasound and I am so confused because they have tolled me that MA dont make much money and with the echo you can make up to 50,000 a year and you can go from a 2 yrs degree to a 4 yr degree. I am thinking of maybe change my career. any thoughts on this???

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over 7 years ago

Diana,

There is no need to be afraid of the MA program in my opinion its fairly easy.I am now in my externship and In my opinion I think that the externship is the toughest part of the learning process.As far as the classes go take time to study and really focus on your medical terminology thats the key.If you can break down the large words into smaller ones it will be easier.Buy or make flash cards thats the best way.I completed all my classes with a gpa of 3.75 and it was thanks too my flashcards.



As far as the pay rates go you dont make that much starting out. Well at least not in cincinnati.Its about 24,000 a year but you can check salary.com



Dont get discouraged though because other degress can be added to your MA Diploma,Certificate or Associates such as X-ray tech,Sonography,Office management ect.The more you can do the more marketable you are so keep that in mind.



To my understanding an Ma want start to see decent money until 3 years in so when your finish try to find a specialty you like because specalist offices often pay more so good luck and stay focused.

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over 7 years ago

My name is Cheryl Williams and I am about to do my exterimship, in a couple of weeks,I am interested in working in pediactrics but i can't no place to go, I live in Raleigh N.C please help!

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over 7 years ago

I'm going to school to become a medical assistant here in Missouri. I am wondering how hard a job will be to come by once I recieve my RMA?

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over 7 years ago

I live & work as a MA in Tx. There has been some recent debate about if legally MA's can call themselves "nurses". Any thoughts?

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over 7 years ago

I think that Mountain State University has a great MA Program online it is an associates degree. Allied Health Institute sounded kind of legit.

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almost 8 years ago

Hello the only way I can Help you is better to take the AAS degree associate apply to science because the credits can be transfer to the community college the AAS degree in medical assistant NOT a Occupational because is a workforce degree the community college would not ecept it.probably other college.the AOS is not Recoconige by the dept of education well I did my research on line the AAS degree in medical assistant the credit are good for Rn.that why is very important to investigue the Bramson Ort in NYC Brooklyn and Queens NY it is a very reconige school and you guet certified after you finish is a college a you earn a dgree apply to science.good luck t all youll

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almost 8 years ago

Hi every1. im a Medical Assistant student here at Virginia College in Jackson, MS. I'm currently doin my externship at a pediatric clinic. Medical Assistants aren't a big demand right now in MS but hopefully I will find a job. I have friends that graduated as MAs but didn't get a job. So good luck to all.

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almost 8 years ago

hey all being an MA is great it has alot as most of you mention it has great opportunities i had stay with the clinic where i did my intership for 8yrs then i lef and started with a great company as an RMA without an associate then move up as an senior RMA then Supervisor to my fellow co worker now i am a clinical manager supervising 7 clinics very very haapy but as an MA you start with 15-16 an hr then move up depends where you work but you learn alot i also now hire MAs still looking for 2 more if anyone is intrested:)

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over 8 years ago

Medical asistant with a associate degree is good also if you become register.with a certificate you make only 17 and with a degree 28 to 30 a hour. in NY NY.so what is better. some of the good school in NY is Bramson ort if you dont have you Hs diploma and also if you dont know english they help you.and ASA is another one good for medical assistant if you dont have your ged they give a test atps test. good I hope this help you.

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over 8 years ago

hi my name is jessica and im an r.o.p student. i study hospital carriers and my goal is to be a medical assistant. and iwould like too knoe how much they make an hour and how much they make a year. so if u can please let me me knoe and leave me a comment above. its for a report i have to do. thank you.

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over 8 years ago

Hi my name in Kevin. I just started a program in Minneapolis and will have my AS degree in about 18 months going to class one night a week and maintaining my current job during the day. The program requires an externship where the University places you in a hospital or clinic for training. Most graduates find jobs at the place they had their externship. By the way the last graduating class had one hundred percent find jobs as a MA in a hospital or clininc. So thats good news considering the current economy. I am sure it varies from state to state but evidently it is in high demand here..

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over 8 years ago

Hello, My name is Lance. I finish my AS degree in 1998 here in Columbia SC. Soon after completion I got my first job with an cardiologist who then later trained me to perform EKG's, Holter monitors, and ultrasound of the heart. I can sure say I am very proud to be an Medical Assistant. Since, then I held several jobs such as laboratory manager, referral specailist, office manager, and medical research assistant with MUSC. So I say to you all, keep positive and remember you have the degree! The sky is the limit how far do you intend to reach!!

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over 8 years ago

I have been working as a certified medical assistant now for five years. I am happy to say that I have been working for the same practice since I have graduated medical assisting school five years ago. I am very loyal to my employer, but I work with nine other nurses. I am the only medical assistant in our office, and I really don't see that changing any time soon. As a result of that, I find that I do not get the opportunities to use my skills as much as I would like. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.



Sincerly,



Beth...

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over 8 years ago

hi my name is akivia i am persuing my career in the medical field and someday i hope to get my masters. i was also wandering how can i become a medical assistant? i've done alot of research and i would like some advice on how to make my dreams come true. bainbridge girl needs help persuing her careeer in the medical field. thanks.

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over 8 years ago

I am currently attending ASA Colleg In newYork City. I am majoring in Medical Assistant and i will have my Associates in May09. I wanted to know whta kind of job can I get now untiol i finish school.And i would also like to go to nursing school but how many years do I have to attend nursing school?

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over 8 years ago

I have been working as a Medical Assistant for 3 year. I used to work at a Dermatology office but I was offered a job in the Cancer Clinic in a hospital and I took it. I am really glad that I did. You can get a job don't, there will always be jobs out there because as a Medical Assistant, we make way less then RN so soemtime in the future we could be replacing the RN's.

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over 8 years ago

I was wondering how i can become a medical assistant?? i've read about all the research and i still cant figure it out?? if you would e-mail me back i will appretiate it!

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over 8 years ago

hey. im in medical school now and am looking forwad to becomin a medical assistant. its just that i dont know what specific field i want to go under. is it possible to list all jobs that a medial assistant could do?

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over 8 years ago

I was wondering how i can become a medical assistant?? i've read about ALL the research and i still cant figure it out?? if you would e-mail me back i will appretiate it!!



THANK YOU SO MUCH



BRITTANY BURNETT

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almost 9 years ago

I am about half finished with my AS for Medical Assisting. I guess I'm lucky, because once I finish my externship, whoever I choose to do it with will hire me once I finish (usually. hopefully). But what I've found out through research is almost always you'll need experience in the field, but you can work as medical secretary, medical transcriptionist, and medical records and health information technicians are some possibilies. Again depends on your experience and qualifications.

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almost 10 years ago

I finished the Medical AIssistant Program At Remington College almost 2 Years ago and I'm currently working for a Dr. in Louisiana. When I took the opening for this job it was a his nurses job and now I'm doing it all. I will tell all of you that are taking the course it will be hard to find a job at first because alot of these offices are looking for experienced Medical Assistants but you will find something just don't give up. There is alot of people that I went to school with thats not working in the field because they gave up. Matt you were asking about the Education that you are looking in to if its good enough. I know here in Louisiana you could just have the traing as a M.A. and get on, but it is totally up to you if you want to go that far with it and its always good to have when you do start looking for a job and it also varies from state to state. Good Luck To All!!

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about 9 years ago

taking classes at virginia college for medical assistance and want too find a job in my field

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about 9 years ago

hey im wanting to get a medical assistant job.i was planning on attending Eastfield college in texas for my associates degree and going to stratford career institute for my training but i dont know if that is good enough to get a good job in the field. What do you think?

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over 7 years ago

After reading the comments on here, it scares me to think that most of you are even able to work in the medical field when you do not even know how to spell correctly or have enough sense to use capitals where applicable , yet you wish to go into a job that people's life depends on your intelligence !

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almost 2 years ago

I'm was wondering if I have my certification as a medical assistant can I care for pts just like a doctor would in Africa? Or would it cause me to lose my certification?

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about 4 years ago

spell/grammar check people please!
Wow!

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about 4 years ago

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over 4 years ago

A Medical Assistant (MA) is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified
by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the
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, also a liaison between the doctor and the
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over 4 years ago

A Medical Assistant (MA) is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified
by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the
physician office laboratory. The medical assistant
, also a liaison between the doctor and the
patient, is of vital importance to the success of the medical practice.Nature of the Work
Thandiwe.

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over 4 years ago

A Medical Assistant (MA) is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified
by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the
physician office laboratory. The medical assistant
, also a liaison between the doctor and the
patient, is of vital importance to the success of the medical practice.Nature of the Work
Thandiwe.

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over 4 years ago

A Medical Assistant (MA) is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified
by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the
physician office laboratory. The medical assistant
, also a liaison between the doctor and the
patient, is of vital importance to the success of the medical practice.Nature of the Work
Thandiwe.

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over 4 years ago

A Medical Assistant (MA) is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified
by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the
physician office laboratory. The medical assistant
, also a liaison between the doctor and the
patient, is of vital importance to the success of the medical practice.Nature of the Work
Thandiwe.

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over 4 years ago

Medical Assistant - St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants now offers an nationally accredited and certified Medical Assistant program online. Medical assistant jobs and medical assistant information are provided.

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almost 5 years ago

I've just graduated Medical Assistant School and yet i have nnot find employment for my school or in my own search..i dont understand why everyone states you need more experience.. how am i suppose to gain experience when im not getting a oppurtinty to show and prove.. i thought internship was hands on experience???

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almost 5 years ago

I just want to share this site on Medical Assistants, hope you find additional information.

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almost 5 years ago

I just passed my RMA board exam and my Phlebotomy exam.....all I have to do now is find a job!!

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over 5 years ago

I have my nursing assistant diploma. Can i get my license on line to get a job,and how can i get my license online?

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

this has been a info place i recieved what I needed toknow

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over 5 years ago

Im trying to get a job in the medical field and Im wondering if there is anywhere I can apply to because all I have is a HS diploma and no degree? Anything would be great, please respond and thank you!

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over 5 years ago

I just finished a medical assisting certificate program. I am considering going back to finish the assosciates part. Is it worth it? Will i be getting paid more? Someone please give me some insight

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over 5 years ago

find a medical assistant

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over 5 years ago

Medical Assistant Job Description, Career as a Medical Assistant, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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over 5 years ago

please tell me how to put the medical agencies and what are the qualities we needed to put the medical agencies

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over 5 years ago

hey im in the 12th grade amd i wanna know how many years does it take to be a medical assistant amd how much do they get :) ill appriciate that if you let me knw about it

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almost 6 years ago

Pretty nice post!Today, Medical assistant is one of the most stable career in the health care industry.It is on high demand.This is not so difficult,only need of 1 year certification.This is way to increase you chance of employment in the ever competitive marketplace.
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almost 6 years ago

i just finish medical asstencing diploma in pensilvanya pittsburg in everest institute n i finish high school in india what shall i do to get job?

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about 6 years ago

am a science student who came out of high school for about 3yrs now .Am thinking of perusing that,so how can you help me out for now?

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about 6 years ago

I'm currently enrolled in UEI and I haven't been really looking into the whole CMA thing, since I don't plan to leave California anytime soon. Although I have to admit there's a lot of job opportunities outside of California. So now I'm interested in taking the CMA test. However, I do have a kid and I want to progress in my career. I want to know the ranks (professions) in the Medical Field since I plan to progress in my career. Also another thing that keeps confusing me is the certification exams. I need to be clarified on how many there are, which ones are they, and what are the requirements of taking them. I also want to know which one is the best paying.



I would appreciate if I only recieved answers that people are sure of.





Thanks a bunch for the help =]

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about 6 years ago

i have been a MA since 2004 and i still have not found a job or i have not been able ti gain the experience i need to obtain certification what can i do, where do i go help me please....................thank you

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about 6 years ago

Hell my name is Dorinda and i just finished my 8 month course as a medical assistant. I am working as a caregiver for 2 years at the Atria assisted living group and ilove my job! I need to start working as a medical assistant and it's kind of hard to look for a job around my area wich is Foster city or San mateo area...waiting for a job still!

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about 6 years ago

Are there any medical assistant programs in maryland that will except students without a high school diploma or GED?

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about 6 years ago

Joan don't you have anything better to do with your time than to critized everyone here? like Sabrina and Myra said go to a teachers site if you really have to be so nasty about grammar, we just want some info on the medical field, not spelling lessons. get a gip and go play with yourself instead, it will make you feel better and maybe you wont have the need to be so nasty to others

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about 6 years ago

employment

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about 6 years ago

hello i have a training in the health field and the job that iam at i like it but i know that i can be some where better i go to school at itt tech...

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over 6 years ago

What would be the Best college to go to if i want to study MA?

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over 6 years ago

I graduated from Concorde Career in 2004, I only worked for a Ma for about 5 months. I am now continuing my education to get my Associates in Business concentrating on healthcare management. I want to get a job in the health care field in the mean time. Do you think its worth getting certified now?

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over 6 years ago

its kinda hard to a job n cma im just saying....

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over 6 years ago

I GRADUATED IN 2003 IN LOS ANGELES, CA. How i renew my diploma?

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over 8 years ago

I am attending Northwestern Technical College and I am enrolled in the Medical Assisting program. I graduate in June of 2009. The program that I am in actually has us going out to do clinicals and therefore gives you experience. I don't know if any of you get to do that but the clinicals help you 100% in getting that job. Jobs are very easy to find around here, you just have to give it your all and love what you do. The subjects like pharamclogy, Anatomy & Physiology I and II, and human diseases can be hard at times but in the end it's all worth it.