WellSpring medical assisting student checking a patient’s ears.
According to the WellSpring website, “Although the responsibilities of a medical assistant will vary from office to office, most will perform either clinical duties, including recording medical histories, taking vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for their examinations, collecting laboratory specimens and sterilizing medical instruments; or administrative duties, such as completing insurance forms, billing, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admissions and managing medical records.”
Medical assisting students typically complete the program in less than a year with courses that focus on anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, laboratory techniques, clinical procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, transcription, record keeping, accounting and insurance processing.
Medical assisting students at WellSpring get hands-on training and mentorship.
Medical assistants interact with a large group of people in their careers including physicians, staff, healthcare professionals and numerous patients. Multitasking is one of their strong points as their responsibilities require them to perform a variety of both clinical and administrative duties.
Those looking into a healthcare career should also be aware of the differences between a medical assistant and a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Medical assisting focuses on skills such as phlebotomy and injections, as well as recording medical and insurance information. With such a broad range of skills, medical assistants are in high demand and can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities.
If you’re interested in a career in medical assisting, request info here or check out the video below.