Angeles College Medical Assistant Program Enrollment Starting Now For Fall 2014 Courses in Los Angeles…
Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_assistant)
Medical assistants have both administrative and clinical duties. They may answer the telephone, greet patients, fill out medical records and update them as needed, schedule appointments and handle correspondence and billing.
On the clinical side, medical assistants often are the people who take medical histories, prepare patients for examination, assist the doctor during appointments and perform basic laboratory tests, along with other clinical responsibilities.
What a medical assistant does will depend on the office where she or he works, state law and the needs of the assistant’s employer. While medical assistants work in a variety of settings, most work in a clinic or doctor’s office. The medical assistant is a valuable member of a team that provides patient care. They need to be able to multi-task and prioritize their daily responsibilities.
Here is a quick overview (duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, specialty, and state law).
Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to): ·
Using computer applications
Updating and filing patient medical records
Coding and filling out insurance forms
Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):
Taking medical histories
Explaining treatment procedures to patients
Preparing patients for examination
Assisting the physician during exams
Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
Performing basic laboratory tests
Instructing patients about medication and special diets
Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
Authorizing prescription refills as directed
Removing sutures and changing dressings
If you’re interested in becoming a medical assistant, get started today with Angeles College Medical Assistant Program in Los Angeles for Fall 2014. (http://angelescollege.edu/Academics/MedAssistant.aspx)
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