What Do Medical Assistants Do: Duties & Responsibilities

When you graduate from the medical assistant program at MTI College, you will have the background needed for an entry-level position with many possibilities. You will work with doctors, helping to perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in a career that is increasingly in demand.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth of the medical assistant field on the national level is expected to increase by 24 percent through 2024. With the flexibility of the program at MTI College, you can be on your way to a career in medical assistance by going to school just three times a week in a fast-forwarded course. If you are currently working – or want to work part-time while earning your medical assistant certification – this is ideal for you.

Take a look at this overview of what a medical assistant does and whether it’s a career path you would like to follow.

Why are medical assistants in such demand?

Medical assistant jobs are in demand partially because of a rapidly aging U.S. population. As people age, they usually need more medical care. With technological advancements, more technology-savvy individuals are needed to use them. In addition, there is predicted growth in the number of physicians’ offices, hospitals and outpatient clinics to accommodate the increasing elderly population.

What are the duties of a medical assistant professional?

A medical assistant is critically important to the smooth operation of a doctor’s office, hospital or medical clinic, and his or her duties are split between administrative and clinical responsibilities.

Administrative duties may include:

  • Welcoming patients and answering the phone
  • Setting appointments
  • Overseeing patients’ medical records
  • Supervising patients’ insurance information
  • Organizing necessary information, such as hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence

Clinical duties may include:

  • Preparing patients for medical examinations
  • Drawing blood
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings
  • Performing basic laboratory exams
  • Writing down medical histories
  • Assisting the doctor during exams
  • Instructing patients about medications and special diets they may need

Why choose the medical assistant program at MTI College?

MTI College prepares students for a career in medical assistance with comprehensive training in administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures. Additionally, a required 160-hour off-campus externship provides hands-on experience in a professional healthcare facility setting. Students who study in the MTI medical assistant program learn:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical protocol and procedures in clinics and laboratories
  • Front-office practices, including coding and billing procedures
  • Patient relations
  • Medical law and ethics

As a graduate of the medical assistant program at MTI, you will be prepared to go out into the work force in less than a year.

There are additional benefits of studying medical assistance at MTI, including:

  • The flexibility of a new program that allows you to take classes just three times a week
  • Preparation for the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Preparation for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam that can be taken on campus
  • Access to MTI’s job placement assistance after graduation

Graduates of the medical assistant program at MTI College will have proficiency in the skills needed to perform diverse duties in the healthcare field and can look forward to an in-demand career. Contact MTI College today to begin your studies in January.

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Our admissions team will help you find the perfect program to meet your goals. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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