Clinical Medical Assistant Training in Lorton, VA
What does a medical assistant do?
As medical technology continues to advance, doctors are increasingly relying on medical assistants to help with various patient care needs.
A medical assistant is a multi-skilled allied health care professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. While others work in public and private hospitals, inpatient and outpatient facilities, the offices of other health practitioners such as chiropractors and optometrists, and in nursing and residential care facilities.
They typically work in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers and may work in general medicine or specialty practices.
Common duties of a medical assistant include administrative and clinical tasks like:
- Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
- Answering phone calls and questions
- Assisting providers with exams and procedures
- Administering injections or medications
- Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
- Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
- Taking patient vital signs
Why earn a medical assistant certification?
The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, which are expected to grow around 7 percent.
Online job postings suggest an even more robust growth in MA employment than the BLS. Research by Gray Associates suggests in 2012 and 2013, MA job postings increased at least 9% each year. In 2014, postings increased 15% and a high annual growth rate continued in 2015.
Having a nationally accredited certification, like the CCMA, can help you stand out. Certification may also be required or preferred for certain job opportunities in the profession.
Many organizations are now offering career laddering opportunities for medical assistants with elevated responsibilities and pay. Elevated roles may include those of a scribe, health coach, patient navigator, population health manager and patient care coordinator.
The Metropolitan Institute of Health & Technology offers medical assistant training in Lorton, VA, designed to provide you with knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment as a medical assistant in a medical office or clinic, with skills in office administration and clinical areas.
Contact us to learn how you can apply for admission to our clinical medical assistant training program. We offer dynamic educational programs at our institute in Lorton, Virginia.