What It Takes to Be a Professional Medical Assistant

An inside look at the daily duties performed by professional medical assistants

A lot of students enroll at Branford in the hopes of completing the medical assistant training program. While the medical field offers a great deal of opportunity, that opportunity also requires an equal level of responsibility, as students often quickly find out during their on-the-job training by way of Branford’s externship program.

Understanding the daily duties of a professional medical assistant can help students keep their eye on the ball while completing their training programs.

A day in the life

It’s not uncommon to hear professional medical assistant students explain that they enrolled in training because they wanted to help others. Helping patients is an important aspect of the job.

But medical assistants also require proficiency in some specialized clinical skills.

Here’s a list of on-the-job responsibilities an average medical assistant might be asked to perform on any given day:

  • Measuring and recording patients’ vital signs
  • Taking down a patient’s medical history
  • Discussing procedures and offering reassurance
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Sterilizing medical equipment and instruments
  • Providing assistance to physicians during exams
  • Collecting and processing lab specimens
  • Performing phlebotomies (blood draws)
  • Administering EKGs
  • Handling the preparation and administration of medications
  • Sharing information with patients about medications and special diets
  • Authorizing refills for prescriptions
  • Removing sutures
  • Removing and reapplying dressings

People are relying on you

It may seem easy to glance over that list and assume some of those responsibilities appear easy to carry out. But in a medical environment, doctors and practitioners rely upon assistants to ensure medical requirements are met.

Proper training will teach students how to follow standard procedures, confirm instruments are sterile, and, most importantly, provide patients with an ongoing sense of security.

Branford’s medical assistance program is set up to teach students how to deal with a variety of situations, and to prepare them to put their best foot forward. Skilled professional medical assistants who show initiative often find themselves benefitting from the opportunity to work alongside experienced doctors, nurses, and various other members of the medical community.

To learn more about Branford Hall’s medical assistant program, request more information or schedule a tour.