feet for several hours without a break, posses good hand and eye coordination and excellent near vision
to see details at close range such as calibration markings on a syringe, small print on medication labels
and medication bottle inserts, skin changes and blood vessels to draw blood.
Medical assistants almost always are paid in hourly wages and their take home pay can differ greatly
from state to state, and location to location. The employer, usually a doctor decides how much he or she
is willing pay for a certain position. It must be clearly understood that the medical assistant is NEVER a
salaried professional, so when you review statistics titled medical assistant salary figures, the word
salary is a misnomer.
Vocational training institutions and organized membership associations such as AAMA and AMT have
established their own standards for their membership and student body. Advancement opportunities
abound for those who have proven their knowledge through direct job experience and continuing
education, career focused workshops, seminars, continuing education courses (CEU) and job related
The information contained on this website is intended for people with an interest in becoming a medical
assistant. The medical assistant is a fully integrated, non-licensed member of the medical office team
with duties that are distinct from the practice of medicine and nursing. They work side-by-side with
doctors, clinicians and other allied health professionals in various supporting positions essential to the
medical office's function where they handle daily office routines ranging from clinical, to administrative
and managerial responsibilities. The medical assistant is mobile, flexible and hired into many different
positions. The nature of this job requires direct supervision by the doctor who hired them and physical
contact and interaction with patients and the general public.
Note: An increasing number of doctors are replacing their Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with skilled
medical assistants. They have discovered that a well trained medical assistant is sufficiently qualified to
meet their needs. While undoubtedly, nursing staff is always a great asset to a medical office, there are
now at least 1-2 medical assistants for each doctor on the medical office team, one in the front office
reception and administrative area and another one in the back office assisting the doctor and patients.
Comprehensive training is readily available for medical assistant students either directly on the job, via
community and junior colleges, private vocational training institutions, or military training. These
vocational training programs consist of theoretic and practical instruction and usually end with a
practicum at an approved externship site. Such programs cover a wide range of clinical and
administrative skills as it applies to an ambulatory medical office setting. Upon graduation from a
recognized program medical assistants may sit for a certification exam to demonstrate their knowledge
in administrative, genral and clinical areas.
Medical assistants are employed in a wide range of
disciplines and held about 527,600 jobs within the health
care system in 2010. The projected employment rate for
2020 is 690,400 medical assistants working in ambulatory
medical practices, preventive care clinics, therapy and
rehabilitation centers, vision care and optical stores,
laboratories, pharmacies, alternative medical service
centers, veterinary clinics, college campuses, mental
health and corrections institutions and various other
facilities where ambulatory health and medical and health
services are provided.
It is believed that our website is factual and accurate at the time it is published, however
is not intended to be legal, financial or professional advice, nor any other type of advice
We recommend that those who utilize our website will do their own research to familiarize
themselves with educational requirements, employer's expectations, legal concerns and
typical pay rates in their own area.
Employers expect dependability, strong organizational and leadership skills, proficiency and basic
decision-making skills. Expected is usually a high school diploma and possibly, but not always, a medical
assistant diploma and 1st Aid CPR certification. Doctors want their medical assistants to be able to use
computers, medical equipment and devices and be proficient in patient scheduling, word processing,
data entry and retrieval of demographic and insurance information. The ultimate goal is to have someone
who understands their specialty and help them turn their practice into a successful business.