Medical Assistant Program
IDTC Career Center, 15-week Medical Assistant program consists of multiple courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the medical field - including managing office operations, understanding medical health terminology and procedures, scheduling appointments, and updating patient records.
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What is a Medical Assistant?
A Medical Assistant is an allied health professional that supports the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinic setting. Medical assistants perform routine tasks and procedures such as measuring patients' vital signs, administering medications and injections, recording information in medical record-keeping systems, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing.
Medical Assistants are trained in both clinical and administrative work. This multidimensional skill set is unique to medical assistants , and it often sets them apart from other healthcare professionals. Hospitals are relying on the knowledge and abilities of medical assistants more and more each year.
The clinical side of medical assisting translates most directly to recording vital signs when interacting with patients, compiling patients' medical histories and administering medications under direction of a supervising physician. In the administrative realm, medical assistants can be responsible for everything from scheduling appointments to billing and assisting patients in filling out insurance forms.
The hours that you'll work as a medical assistant depend on the facility and whether they offer early and late care appointments. Some clinics are open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Others with extended hours may be open from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Taking your medical assistant career to the next level:
Medical assistants can specialize in several different areas, by means of more experience or acquiring more certifications.