What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical assistants provide physician support services that ensure that healthcare facilities run smoothly. They are responsible for administrative as well as clinical tasks, such as maintaining patient records, preparing patients and rooms for examination, assisting physicians with exams, and performing front-desk tasks. Medical assistants typically work in physician's offices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

Most medical assistants have a high school degree or GED, and some positions require medical assistants to be certified through an accredited medical assistance program. Medical assistants need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Receive and direct phone calls, schedule appointments, check-in patients, obtain necessary patient information to file and update patient records, and ensure all forms and consents are completed by patients
  • Check-out patients, assist with referral processing, and arrange laboratory services
  • Handle billing process
  • Prepare patients for examination, take vitals, and record patients' health history
  • Set-up EKG machines, administer injections and medications, and perform routine specimen collection and tests
  • Prepare equipment and examination rooms, and clean instruments
  • Assist physician with medical treatments, procedures, and exams
  • Manage inventory of medical supplies and equip exam rooms with appropriate supplies
  • High school diploma or GED required; completion of an accredited medical assistance certification program preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and other external parties in a courteous and friendly manner at all times
  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Firm grasp on medical practices, administrative processes, and organizational policies
  • Knowledge of patient care and examination procedures
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality at all times

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
23%
2 - 4
14%
5 - 7
0%
8+
63%

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
English Language
CMA
Alzheimer
Strong WORK Ethic
VERBAL Communication
Microsoft Word
WORKING Relationships

Medical Assistant Seniority Levels

L2
Medical Assistant
$ 31,508/yr
Emt
13% made the transition
Patient Care
12% made the transition
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Medical Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹ 3,50,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹31K
Median: ₹350K
₹767K
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