Professional Medical Assistant FAQ
Institute of Technology offers a wide array of healthcare training for developing professionals, and one of our most popular options is our Professional Medical Assistant program! We’re here to help you make the right decision when choosing a program, so here are some of our most frequently asked questions about becoming a Professional Medical Assistant.
What does a Professional Medical Assistant do?
Professional Medical Assistants support doctors in facilitating care in clinics and offices. They help ensure that appointments run smoothly, performing tasks such as checking a patient’s vital signs or measuring their height and weight. Although medical assistants may ask patients pertinent healthcare questions, they are not able to give medical advice, as they are not licensed for that kind of care. Medical assistants can be responsible for a wide range of both administrative and clinical tasks depending on the demands of the clinic.
What skills and training are required to become a Professional Medical Assistant?
To become a Medical Assistant, individuals must complete an accredited program in the field. Typically found at vocational schools, medical assistant programs teach students the practical skills needed to support healthcare professionals. Medical Assistants may seek out additional certifications to perform certain advanced tasks.
In addition to industry training, Medical Assistants need to exhibit care and compassion for patients, displaying empathy for people from all walks of life. Professionals must also be adept at stress management, communication skills, and be able to work in a fast paced environment.
Do Medical Assistants give shots or draw blood?
Yes, Medical Assistants are able to both draw blood and administer vaccinations as needed.
What are the benefits of being a Medical Assistant?
Healthcare is a stable profession with much opportunity to grow. Because most Medical Assistant programs are two years or less, this enables individuals to enter the job market early and start gaining valuable experience. Getting a foot in the door is a great way to see other career paths in the industry, helping individuals plan for future career moves and education. Many Medical Assistants choose to pursue advanced degrees after gaining experience and discovering what other roles would be right for their skillset.
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