Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Doctor’s Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA), Medical Office Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Optometric Assistant, Optometric Technician, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
Medical Assistants: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
- Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
- Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
- Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
- Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
- Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
- Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
- Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
- Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians’ instructions to patients.
- Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
- Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses.
- Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms.
- Greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic.
- Schedule appointments for patients.
- Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.
- Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission.
- Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment.
- Operate x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests.
- Change dressings on wounds.
- Set up medical laboratory equipment.
- Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients.
Medium Wages (2018) in the USA – $16.16/hourly or $33,610/annually.
Medium Wages (2018) in Michigan – $15.34/hourly or $25,250/annually.
Projected growth trends – 15% or higher
American Medical Technologists: AMT is a global, member-led, allied health certification organization that promotes and supports its member-certificants. This organization was founded in 1939, American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a nationally and internationally recognized certification agency and membership society for the following allied health professionals:
(MT) Medical Technologists
(MLT) Medical Laboratory Technician
(RPT) Phlebotomy Technician
(CMLA) Medical Laboratory Assistant
(MDT)Molecular Diagnostic Technologist
(CLC)Certified Laboratory Consultant (MDT)Molecular Diagnostic Technologist
(CLC)Certified Laboratory Consultant
Medical and Dental Office
(RMA) Medical Assistant
(CMAS) Medical Administrative Specialist
(AHI) Allied Health Instructor
American Association of Medical Assistants: The mission of the AAMAs is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care. The AAMA actively participate in the delivery of quality health care, promote patient safety and well-being, contribute to a positive health care experience for patients, demonstrate integrity and respect, and protect patient confidentiality, advocate the essential value of certification and continuing education, and embrace change, growth, and learning.