Who is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants (MAs) or Clinical Medical Assistants are healthcare professionals that work directly with patients and assist physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in a clinical facility. They are the first point of contact when a patient visits. They are at the forefront of patient interaction.
Doctor’s office/Outpatient Department
CMA work closely with physicians. As its name signifies, they assist physicians in almost all duties that will allow a clinical office to perform effectively and efficiently. They perform both clinical and administrative duties. Even though CMAs have one-on-one contact with patients, they do not diagnose, prescribe, or directly treat patients.
As a result of the multiple hats, they must wear (multiple duties), MA must have in-depth medical knowledge, clinical and administrative skills.
MAs have both administrative and clinical duties
Medical Administrative Duties include
- Welcoming patients to doctor’s office
- Screening and confirming patient identification and documentation
- Confirming appointments upon arrival and scheduling of next patient appointment at the end of clinic visit
- Direct patients to the examination room.
- Answer telephone calls promptly and professionally
- Maintain clinical records; bookkeeping, billing, etc.
- Verify patients’ financial/medical insurance information.
- Perform all other clerical duties related to clinical services.
- Purchase office equipment and supplies
- Usher patients to the exam room
- Take vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration, pulse oximeter)
- Check weight and height
- Take the patient’s history of presenting complaints, past medical history, allergy, family history and other relevant important medical information that will help the physician perform his duty.
- MA performs venipuncture when blood needs to be drawn and taken to the laboratory for testing.
- Dispense medications
- If the facility is equipped with an electrocardiogram machine (ECG/EKG machine), MA is trained and skilled and may be asked to perform this job responsibility.
- Call-in patient prescription to the pharmacy
- Discuss dietary restrictions or other treatment instructions as instructed by the physician.
- And much more
To work as a CMA, aspiring students will need to obtain a clinical medical assistant certificate from an Allied Health Institute like Lilburn Medical Institute. When a student completes the CMA curriculum (click here to learn more about our curriculum), the student will then be qualified to write the National Health Association (NHA) certification examination.
Lilburn Medical Institute is authorized by NHA to conduct the certification examination at our facility located at 3700 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30044. Click here to read the step-by-step requirements for the Clinical Medical Assistant certification examination.
Lilburn Medical Institute is approved by Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission to instruct and train clinical medical assistants. Our CMA curriculum is taught by medical professionals (Physicians included). We have flexible classes (online, in-person) that fit into your busy life schedule.
If you’re looking to go into a healthcare profession that is in high demand, consider becoming a clinical medical assistant. If you’re looking for a career that has a growth rate of about 18% in the next 8 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm), then call us now at (470-268-8965) and we will provide you with more details.
Once you enroll at Lilburn Medical Institute, you become a part of our family. We try our best to provide you with all the support you need to excel as a clinical medical assistant. So, call us (470) 268-8965) now and start your medical career journey.