What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Medical assistants play a vital role in the healthcare profession. Their tasks can include both administrative duties and clinical duties ranging from scheduling appointments to billing to assisting patients. Your responsibilities as a medical assistant is dependent on the size and speciality of the practice.

Duties for a medical assistant may include:

  • Recording patient history and personal information
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Giving patients medications or injections as directed by physicians
  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Entering patient information into medical records
  • Preparing blood samples for lab tests

Several potential job fields may be open for medical assistants. These include:

  • Urgent care
  • Diagnostic labs
  • Pediatric offices
  • Weight loss centers
  • Colleges and universities

There are also specific skills an employer may look for in a medical assistant. Included are:

  • Basic office skills
  • Medical administrative skills
  • Patient interaction
  • Detail orientation
  • Customer service

Learn More About YTI's Medical Assistant Program

The Medical Assistant program at YTI Career Institute (YTI) can be completed in as few as 21 months and is offered through the York, Pennsylvania campus. Courses are completed in a hybrid format, meaning part of the instruction is offered online and the other part consists of hands-on, on-campus learning. For online learning, materials are accessible in an asynchronous format 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Medical Assistant program, go to the program description page. To apply, visit the online application portal.