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Medical assistants handle the administrative and clinical work that makes hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare facilities run smoothly and helps patients get the treatment they need.
Although not always required, most employers prefer that you spend 1-2 years to pursue a postsecondary certificate or associate degree from a community college, vocational/technical school or university.
You’ll be interacting with physicians, coworkers and many different patients daily, so strong interpersonal skills are very important. You’ll need the technical and analytical skills and attention to detail to take a patient’s vital signs, understand and follow medical charts and keep accurate records. If you pursue a postsecondary degree program, you’ll need to become well-versed in anatomy and medical terminology.
You’ll typically have mastered skills related to updating patient medical records, performing secretarial duties and helping physicians with patient examinations.
At this point you’ll likely continue your education and have the opportunity to advance into other healthcare occupations, such as a registered nurse.
With additional experience and ongoing education, it may be possible to advance further to healthcare occupations such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.