Medical Assistant Career Paths

Discover the various positions of professional medical assistants!

Medical assisting is a career field that can offer many opportunities. Many professionals enjoy this career because of the active and energetic approach that this healthcare position requires. Unlike some career paths, the field of medical assisting doesn’t have to be mundane and it doesn’t have to be limited to one mode of work. In fact, as a medical assistant you could provide a combination of clinical, administrative, and clerical responsibilities.

When you enroll in a medical assistant training program at Branford Hall, you are offered knowledge in a variety of modalities. However, before you apply to a training program, you should know what each type of medical assistant position requires. Below are some positions medical assistants may hold and their responsibilities:

Clerical Medical Assistant

Clerical tasks require the least amount of training. However, clerical tasks are vital for the proper function of any medical office. Clerical duties include secretarial work that requires these medical assistants to answer phones, schedule appointments, and maintain, update, and sort medical records. Throughout the day, they greet patients and communicate with doctors or nurse practitioners.

Administrative Medical Assistant

Administrative medical assistants are responsible for more tasks than clerical medical assistants. On top of clerical work like scheduling appointments and filing patient records, they also assist in bookkeeping, scheduling medical tests, arranging hospital admissions, and submitting medical insurance forms. Sometimes they are in charge of billing for the whole office. Administrative medical assistants also know the basics of some clinical functions and may be asked to help out if required. However, most of their work will be in the administrative realm.

Clinical Medical Assistants

Clinical medical assistants require the most direct interaction with patients. Specific tasks, like administering injections, depend on the states where they work. Throughout the day they assist and help comfort patients during exams. They may explain procedures to their patients or educate them on home care treatments. They also record medical histories and provide assistance to physicians during exams. Their clinical responsibilities also include collecting and transporting blood samples and other specimens, sterilizing medical instruments, performing EKGs, drawing blood, cleaning wounds, and removing bandages. These medical assistants may also be required to complete clerical activities like calling in patient prescriptions to pharmacies.

Specialized Medical Assistants

If you’re interested in a specific healthcare field, you could continue your education to acquire a specialty. For example, if you like enjoy working with children then you could work as a pediatric medical assistant where you can comfort children and talk with parents about procedures that children undergo. Sometimes medical assistants prefer not to work hands-on with patients. If so, they can choose to become a medical lab assistant where they may test specimens and document outcomes in the lab. From eye care to dentistry, there are many specialty fields you could choose from. Think about which healthcare field you’d like to work in.

The Workplace

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, medical assistants are employed in physician’ offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, and ambulatory care facilities. Specialized medical assistants are able to work in the offices of dentists, pediatricians, optometrists, or gynecologists according to their specific training.

A medical assistant training program at Branford Hall provides a blend of clerical, clinical, and professional skills you’ll need for each role. Training may allow you to acquire the specific medical assistant title you think may suit you best. These descriptions can give you a good idea of what each specific role entails each day. You could also complete this program in about a year so you can get into the workforce in a relatively short timeframe. What are you waiting for? Learn more about our medical assistant training programs at our Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Springfield, Massachusetts campuses today!

Branford Hall Career Institute features career-focused advice and student advice in our weekly blog. For more information on our career training programs, contact us today or schedule a tour!