Life of a Medical Assistant
Looking for a stable career where you get to help others? We’re sharing a day in the life of a medical assistant. Is this what your future holds?
You’re looking for a career, but you’re not sure what’s right for you.
Something in the medical field would be good, but what? And, how long does it take?
We’ll take you through a day in the life of a medical assistant. The ins, the outs, and how to get there from here.
So you can make the decision that’s best for you.
What is a medical assistant?
Being a medical assistant means you’ll have many responsibilities.
You’ll do administrative paperwork and other office duties. You’ll also be trained in clinical duties like drawing blood.
Your specific duties will depend on your provider and the specialty you work in. For instance, you likely wouldn’t do IV starts in a dermatology department.
If this blend of tasks and opportunities sounds interesting, keep reading.
How do I become a medical assistant?
Typically, while most states don’t require a diploma or certificate, it’s best to get one.
This will improve your job prospects considerably, especially if it’s from a respected school. Plus, many programs provide job placement assistance at the end.
They teach how to do the job, and then help you find one.
And the best part? The Bureau of Labor estimates that demand for medical assistants is on the rise.
Now’s a great time to become a medical assistant.
How long does it take?
Depending on the path you pursue, it can take as little as 9 months.
This will also depend on your prior education. You can choose a certificate program or pursue an associate’s degree.
Either way, being a trained first is a solid plan.
A day in the life of a medical assistant
When it begins
Typically, a medical assistant starts early in the day.
You arrive before the patients do, to prep for the day’s schedule.
You’ll clean and prep the exam rooms and prepare patient charts.
Your provider may ask you to get special equipment ready.
Throughout the day
You’ll also have patient interaction.
This can include:
- Answering phones
- Greeting patients
- Taking a patient’s height/weight/blood pressure
- Drawing blood
- Giving vaccinations
You will likely assist your provider during the patient’s exam, too.
End of your shift
The end of your day is similar to the beginning.
You’ll close outpatient charts, finalizing notes, returning phone calls, etc. You may need to prep the exam rooms for the morning.
Or, if it’s a clinic that’s open 24 hours, for the next shift.
Length of your day
Shift hours vary by practice, depending on the needs of the facility.
There are typically a variety of shifts available, anywhere from part time to (4) ten hour days.
If you’re a student, or a new mom, you can find a shift that works for your schedule.
How we can help
At Beckfield College, we can help you get the education that’s best for you.
There are many opportunities in a day in the life of a medical assistant.
We’re here to help guide you through the process and get you working, sooner.
Contact us today to get started.