Job prospects will be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, especially those with national certification (CMA-AAMA). Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in the following health care settings:
- Private Physician Practice
- Insurance Billing Agencies
Typical tasks for a Medical Assistant include:
- Interviewing patients to obtain medical information and measuring their vital signs, weight, and height.
- Showing patients to examination rooms and preparing the patients for the physician.
- Recording patients' medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records.
- Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician.
- Collecting blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens, logging the specimens, and preparing them for testing.
- Explaining treatment procedures, medications, diets and physicians' instructions to patients.
- Authorizing drug refills and providing prescription information to pharmacies.
- Preparing treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
- Cleaning and sterilizing instruments and disposing of contaminated supplies.
- Processing patient requests for medication refills.
- Scheduling appointments and patient/insurance billing.
For more information, see the following links: O*Net - Medical Assisting, National career outlook & information from the U.S. Department of Labor. Career One Stop - Medical Assisting, Michigan career outlook & information.