Medical Assistant 2017-10-03T16:39:09+00:00

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, chiropractors, podiatrists, and other health practitioners running smoothly.

Administrative duties may include answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patients’ medical records, filling out insurance forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and billing and bookkeeping.

Clinical duties may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician. Medical assistants may collect and prepare lab specimens or perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets.

Salary Range: $22,870 – $45,310

Salary Notes: The median pay is $31,540. Earnings vary depending upon work setting, experience, skill level, and location. The annual mean wage in Vermont is $35,910.

Where you can study:
Central Maine Community College, Auburn, ME
Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT
Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
Manchester (NH) Community College, Manchester, NH
Middlesex Community College, Bedford, Bedford, MA
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, ME
Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, CT
Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, CT
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
Washington County Community College, Calais, ME

Where you might work:
– Ambulatory Care Centers – Government Agencies – Health Practitioner Offices – Hospitals – Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories – Nursing and Personal Care Facilities – Physician Offices

Job Outlook: Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average through 2024. As the health care industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and with the growth and aging of the population, job growth for medical assistants will increase. Job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly for those with certification.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Most employers prefer graduates of formal programs in medical assisting; a few are still trained on the job. Educational programs are offered in vocational-technical schools, post secondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges. Post secondary programs usually last either one year, resulting in a certificate or a diploma, or two years, resulting in an associate degree. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology as well as typing, transcription, record-keeping, accounting and insurance processing.

Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. Accredited programs include internships that provide practical experience in physicians’ offices, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities.

Medical assistants can take national examinations for certification, including the Certified Medical Assistant credential from the American Association of Medical Assistants, and the Registered Medical Assistant credential from the American Medical Technologists organization, as well as specialty certifications in ophthalmology and podiatry. CCV has a nationally accredited Medical Assistant program.

Professional Organizations:
American Association of Medical Assistants 312-899-1500
American Medical Technologists 847-823-5169