To be successful in this profession you need to be highly proficient in the following (this is just a partial list):
Administrative tasks: answering phones and taking messages, scheduling, checking-in and checking-out patients, managing medical records, verifying insurance coverage, completing and submitting insurance claims,performing medical coding and billing, arranging for patients hospitalization, providing customer service to patients.
Clinical tasks: documenting medical history and vital signs,discussing treatment procedures with patients, setting up and preparing the patient for examinations and test procedures, collect and catalog laboratory specimens, execute standard lab tests, give assistance to doctors and nurses through examinations and treatments, disposal of the contaminated supplies, disinfecting medical instruments. taking electrocardiograms, the removal stitches, preparing patients for x-rays, replacing dressings.
The above are only examples of possible responsibilities assigned to you depending on the work environment. You will never get bored as a medical assistant, and there is always room to grow, more opportunities, and the possibility of growing into a more specialized career path for example: medical coding and billing, EKG specialist, health management, nursing, etc. Medical Assisting can be your gateway to greater things.
How to become a Medical Assistant
Although in some states there are no formal educational requirements generally medical assistants graduate from a postsecondary educational program. Many have a high school diploma, or equivalent and gain knowledge of their responsibilities at the workplace. More and more employers require applicants to complete a customer service assessment test. High school students considering this profession should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.
Pay and Job Outlook
As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Medical Assistants held about 591,300 jobs in 2014, and the projected growth is 23% from 2014 to 2024.