Nowadays, doctors frequently rely on medical assistants to complete administrative and clinical tasks. Medical assistants may be employed in physicians offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and offices of other practitioners such as chiropractors, dentists and ophthalmologists.
Becoming a medical assistant requires preparation and dedication. Whatever the setting, medical assistants typically have various responsibilities, handling both administrative and clinical duties.
Due mainly to technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, the healthcare industry is constantly expanding, and there will be an increase in need for all healthcare workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.1
The Medical Assisting and Administration Associate Degree program at the Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences @ ITT Technical Institute exposes students to various medical office administrative services and clinical duties, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. The program includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, patient psychology and communications, medical office procedures and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing and treatment procedures. Helping students make the transition from the classroom to a medical office environment is a main objective.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm