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Great Qualities of a Medical Assistant

Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

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Are you considering enrolling in medical assistant school? Becoming a professional medical assistant requires many different skill sets that are essential for taking care of patients. 

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, there are four essential qualities that medical assistants need to possess on a daily basis. Before you decide on entering a medical assistant training program, ask yourself if you have the following qualities. If you don’t and are willing to improve upon these skills, then a career training program can help you practice and develop these traits!

The Salter School offers you four essential skills that you will need in a medical assistant job:                                             


As a medical assistant, you need to be accurate, precise, and detail-oriented. You will have to follow the protocols and safety guidelines during clinical duties like administering EKGs, giving injections, or drawing blood. You must also record the results accurately. If you are responsible for administrative tasks, such as medical billing and coding, you need to code insurance claims appropriately so that healthcare providers are reimbursed for the correct amount. Medical assistants need to be aware of any mistakes that have occurred for the high-function of a medical office and the safety of their patients.

Analytical skills

As a medical assistant, you’ll need to review a patient’s chart, diagnoses, and procedures. You will have to analyze a patients’ needs during a procedure so you can prepare to help during a procedure. As you perform clinical tasks, like measuring vital signs or drawing blood, certain protocols will also need be followed. Analytical skills will also help you with administrative tasks such as insurance coding after reviewing a patients’ records.

Interpersonal skills

Medical assistants need to directly interact with patients each day. You should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with patients. It’s necessary to provide attentive and courteous assistance to your patients so they feel comfortable and understand you’re able to assist their well-being during their visit. If a patient is nervous about an exam or feeling illness or pain, make sure to comfort and reassure them. A medical assistants’ support can go a long way with patients. Throughout the day, you will also need to communicate clearly with the healthcare team. The staff must accurately inform each other on instructions and tasks while being kind and respectful.

Technical abilities

Being able to work with technology and medical equipment is an essential part of a medical assistant career. In your training program, you can learn how to properly take a patients’ blood pressure, operate medical computer software, administer injections and EKGs, perform phlebotomy tasks, and offer First Aid. These technical skills are essential to providing care to patients during exams, in emergencies, and for every day check-ups. These skills will also help a medical office in any healthcare facility function properly. If these skills are hard for you to learn during your training, talk with your instructor about how you can more easily learn and practice the tools of the trade.

Do you think you have these qualities? If you have the strong desire to help other in the healthcare field, now could be a great time for you to enter a professional medical assistant training program. You could become an active member in helping your community!


If you’re interested in learning more about the professional medical assistant training program at the Salter School, contact us today. We can provide you with more details on our courses and give you a tour of our campuses in Fall River, Tewksbury, Malden, and New Bedford, Massachusetts. We look forward to hearing from you!

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