Medical assistants are important members of a healthcare team
If you’ve been to a doctor’s office lately, you have probably met a Medical Assistant. Medical assistants are the ones who typically call you back to the exam room, take your blood pressure and temperature, weigh you, and measure your height.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a medical assistant? The Salter School has a medical assistant training program that can be completed in less than one year’s time. If you get started now, in just one short year, you could be ready for an entry level professional job as a medical assistant!
To find out if you might like this job field, let’s look at what a medical assistant does on a typical day. In this position, your responsibilities would vary depending on where you worked. Some of the tasks you might do on a daily basis could include:
- Prepare exam rooms for new patients
- Call patients from the waiting room to the exam room
- Take patient histories
- Measure patients’ vital signs and record them in their electronic health records
- Check inventory and order new supplies
- Print out doctors’ prescriptions for patients
- Schedule appointments using the office’s software system
- Call pharmacies when needed
- Discuss basic health questions with patients
- Assist office staff with paperwork and insurance claims
- Straighten exam rooms and prepare for the next day
Medical assistants can be found working in a number of different healthcare facilities including doctors’ offices, specialists’ offices, surgical centers, outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and more. Medical assistants work in facilities throughout the country, making your skills practical and portable.
Applying to medical assistant school is not hard. The Salter School requires that you have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent—as well as a willingness to learn! Becoming a medical assistant will require that you are committed to your studies. Here are some of the topics you will learn:
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Clinical procedures
- Electronic Health Records
- Office Procedures
Once enrolled, you will need to attend all your classes, complete your homework, pass your lab clinicals, and pass your exams. With hard work and dedication, we know you can do it!
For more information about this career field, try 5 Things to Know About Becoming a Medical Assistant or Benefits of Becoming a Medical Assistant.
The Salter School is proud to offer a medical assistant training program at our two locations in Malden, Massachusetts and Fall River, Massachusetts. To find out more, use our online information form. We hope you begin your future career path with us!