Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants do clinical and administrative work to support other health professionals. They typically complete a one-year certificate program or two-year associate's degree.

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Can you have tattoos if you work as a medical assistant?

I have noticed that more and more women, not only the younger ones, but those in their mid-life (crisis?) are getting their arms tattooed. I am not speaking of a small heart "I love Teddy" on the upper arm, or discretely hidden on the shoulder blade or decollete, I am talking flaming thunder and rose thorns all up and around the upper and lower arms in red, yellow and blue. I noticed it on the girl in the Dunkin' Donuts drive-through window, the lady hair dresser who cut my grandson's hair for his 1st day in school and the cashier at the Stop-and-Shop supermarket. I have yet to see a medical assistant taking my weight and blood pressure with similar tattoos, although I recall one had a "suspicious" band-aid on her forearm once. All in all we were taught in medical assistant school to cover them up and take the nose rings out. Mind you, even bright finger nail polish, or worse, fake fingernails were not encouraged. That's how is was back in the day and that wasn't too long ago.

Nurse Roxanne raised the following point:

"It's about how appearances influence the way other people treat us. Either it's a large scar or burn on your face, a hump on your back or a body full of tattoo's.

People judge by what they see and what they associate with that appearance. My point is that having a lot of tattoo's, or any other 'flaw' in your appearance doesn't make you a lesser person or a less harder worker."

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Can a felon be a medical assistant?

the hospital or doctor will run a backround check and so will the school one attends. If the felony was violent then the school may deny the person.

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Can a medical assistant become a pharmacist?

The following is written by and according to the U.S. Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for pharmacists.

A license is required in all States and the District of Columbia, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In order to obtain a license, pharmacists generally must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from a college of pharmacy and pass several examinations.

Education and training. Pharmacists who are trained in the United States must earn a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. The Pharm.D. degree has replaced the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, which is no longer being awarded. To be admitted to a Pharm.D. program, an applicant must have completed at least 2 years of specific professional study. This requirement generally includes courses in mathematics and natural sciences, such as chemistry, biology, and physics, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, most applicants have completed 3 or more years at a college or university before moving on to a Pharm.D. program, although this is not specifically required.

Pharm.D. programs generally take 4 years to complete. The courses offered are designed to teach students about all aspects of drug therapy. In addition, students learn how to communicate with patients and other healthcare providers about drug information and patient care. Students also learn professional ethics, concepts of public health, and business management. In addition to receiving classroom instruction, students in Pharm.D. programs spend time working with licensed pharmacists in a variety of practice settings.

Some Pharm.D. graduates obtain further training through 1-year or 2-year residency programs or fellowships. Pharmacy residencies are postgraduate training programs in pharmacy practice and usually require the completion of a research project. The programs are often mandatory for pharmacists who wish to work in a clinical setting. Pharmacy fellowships are highly individualized programs that are designed to prepare participants to work in a specialized area of pharmacy, such clinical practice or research laboratories. Some pharmacists who own their own pharmacy obtain a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Others may obtain a degree in public administration or public health.

Licensure. A license to practice pharmacy is required in all States and the District of Columbia, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To obtain a license, a prospective pharmacist generally must obtain a Pharm.D. degree from a college of pharmacy that has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. After obtaining the Pharm.D. degree, the individual must pass a series of examinations. All States, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia require the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX), which tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. Forty-four States and the District of Columbia also require the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE), which tests pharmacy law. Both exams are administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Each of the eight States and territories that do not require the MJPE has its own pharmacy law exam. Besides requiring the NAPLEX and law examination, some States and territories require additional exams that are unique to their jurisdictions. All jurisdictions also require a specified number of hours of experience in a practice setting before a license is awarded. In most jurisdictions, this requirement can be met while obtaining the Pharm.D. In many States, applicants must meet an age requirement before a license can be obtained, and some States require a criminal background check.

All States and U.S. territories except Puerto Rico permit licensure for graduates of foreign pharmacy schools. These individuals must apply for certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC). Once certified, they must pass the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, and Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam. Then they must pass all of the exams required by the licensing jurisdiction, such as the NAPLEX and MJPE, and meet the requirements for practical experience. In some States, applicants who graduated from programs accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) between 1993 and 2004 are exempt from FPGEC certification and examination requirements.

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Why it is important for medical assistant to be knowledgeable of the law?

Here are 3 reasons why it is important for medical assistants to be knowledgeable of the law:

1) Due to the numerous reasons for malpractice that people in the medical field face, it important to be knowledgeable about the law as it pertains to medical office personnel. Understanding this law is a necessity in order to protect themselves, their employer, and the patient.

Lawsuits cannot be avoided, if you don't know what to look for and just how big this problem can be. Remaining vigilant and being mindful of the "goings-on" within the workplace can prevent legal difficulty.

2) A medical assistant is often times the "middle-man" between the patient and the physician. They can enhance and are vital to the patient/doctor relationship in a positive way. They are often the first line of defense to preventing a complaint from happening and progressing into a lawsuit.

3) A medical assistant is not licensed to practice medicine in any form. Therefore it is important to understand the statutes and regulations that detail what a medical assistant can and cannot do when it comes to patient care.

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How to deal with miserable people as a Medical Assistant?

Remember these things when it comes to patients:

  • Fear of what is wrong with them
  • Angry that they are sick
  • Fear of perhaps having cancer or other dreaded disease
  • The individual has a fear of doctors and hospitals
  • The person has had a bad experience in the Medical System
  • They're simply cranky because they don't feel well or are in pain.
Just smile and be pleasant. Soothe them by letting them know you don't like going to doctors or hospitals or, if you feel the person is in good enough condition then joke a little. When people feel ill they feel wounded and scared out of their minds. If you don't get a positive reaction from the patient then don't take it personally. Working in Health Care is a rewarding career when you are making people better, but until they start feeling better and their fears are put to rest then you aren't going to see the good side of them. Some people are gentle as lambs and cooperate, while others can be a royal pain in the butt. If you are talking about coworkers (you didn't mention patient in your question) then you need to realize that miserable people usually have personal problems. Because you are a Medical Assistant doesn't mean you have to take disrespect from a coworker so stand your ground. My favorite saying is (I look people straight in the eye when I say it) is, 'What type of bug do you have up your butt today!' It's amazing that this statement shocks them, makes them think and 9 out of 10 times they start laughing or they'll apologize. People are stressed today because of over-work, including shift work, personal problems, financial difficulties. Don't take it too personally. As you get older (like me) you get a tough hide and barnacles on your butt! LOL
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Why should i hire you as a medical assistant?

To help people

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What is the difference between a caregiver an a medical assistant?

Medical assistants are a medical office and caregivers work at the patients home.

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How do you write a thank you letter after an interview as a medical assistant?

Say that you appreciate the person who interviewed you for taking time out of their day to interview you.

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How long does it take to finish a medical assistant course at a technical school?

The following is by and according to the U.S. Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for a medical assistant.

Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1-year or 2-year programs.

Education and training. Postsecondary medical assisting programs are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges. Programs usually last either 1 year and result in a certificate or diploma, or 2 years and result in an associate degree. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as typing, transcription, recordkeeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. They study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics. There are various organizations that accredit medical assisting programs. Accredited programs often include an internship that provides practical experience in physicians' offices, hospitals, or other health care facilities.

Formal training in medical assisting, while generally preferred, is not always required. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, although this practice is less common than in the past. Applicants usually need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Recommended high school courses include mathematics, health, biology, typing, bookkeeping, computers, and office skills. Volunteer experience in the health care field also is helpful. Medical assistants who are trained on the job usually spend their first few months attending training sessions and working closely with more experienced workers.

Some States allow medical assistants to perform more advanced procedures, such as giving injections, after passing a test or taking a course.

Certification and other qualifications. Employers prefer to hire experienced workers or those who are certified. Although not required, certification indicates that a medical assistant meets certain standards of competence. There are various associations-some listed in the sources of information below-that award certification credentials to medical assistants, and the certification process varies. It also is possible to become certified in a specialty, such as podiatry, optometry, or ophthalmology.

Medical assistants deal with the public; therefore, they must be neat and well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner and they must be able to put patients at ease and explain physicians' instructions. They must respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.

Advancement. Medical assistants may advance to other occupations through experience or additional training. For example, some may go on to teach medical assisting, and others pursue additional education to become nurses or other health care workers. Administrative medical assistants may advance to office manager, or qualify for a variety of administrative support occupations.

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How many years do you have to go to college to be a medical assistant?

4 years

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How much money does a medical assistant earn?

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants, the average pay for a certified medical assistant (CMA) is $27,951, with experienced CMAs earning over $38,000 per year.

That is £19,361.40 but with experience it is £26,326.35.

and that is good:)

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State laws for medical assistant?

all state regulations allow a medical assistant to obtain vital signs (blood pressure, temperature and pulse) and draw blood (phlebotomy). She may administer intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections of approved drugs, which vary per state. In most states, a medical assistant may administer medication that is prepared as a unit dose (individually prepared, single dose). She may also assist in minor in-office surgical procedures and apply simple wound dressings. A medical assistant may also collect and run simple laboratory tests, such as urinalysis, complete blood count, and throat and nasal swabs. All tasks preformed must be associated with an order written by an acceptable licensed medical practitioner (physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner, physician assistant).

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How much does a medical assistant earn in Pa?

about 17-22 an hour

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What do you need to be a medical assistant in the United States?

Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1-year or 2-year programs.

Education and training. Postsecondary medical assisting programs are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges. Programs usually last either 1 year and result in a certificate or diploma, or 2 years and result in an associate degree. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as typing, transcription, recordkeeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. They study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics. There are various organizations that accredit medical assisting programs. Accredited programs often include an internship that provides practical experience in physicians' offices, hospitals, or other health care facilities.

Formal training in medical assisting, while generally preferred, is not always required. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, although this practice is less common than in the past. Applicants usually need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Recommended high school courses include mathematics, health, biology, typing, bookkeeping, computers, and office skills. Volunteer experience in the health care field also is helpful. Medical assistants who are trained on the job usually spend their first few months attending training sessions and working closely with more experienced workers.

Some States allow medical assistants to perform more advanced procedures, such as giving injections, after passing a test or taking a course.

Certification and other qualifications. Employers prefer to hire experienced workers or those who are certified. Although not required, certification indicates that a medical assistant meets certain standards of competence. There are various associations-some listed in the sources of information below-that award certification credentials to medical assistants, and the certification process varies. It also is possible to become certified in a specialty, such as podiatry, optometry, or ophthalmology.

Medical assistants deal with the public; therefore, they must be neat and well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner and they must be able to put patients at ease and explain physicians' instructions. They must respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.

Advancement. Medical assistants may advance to other occupations through experience or additional training. For example, some may go on to teach medical assisting, and others pursue additional education to become nurses or other health care workers. Administrative medical assistants may advance to office manager, or qualify for a variety of administrative support occupations.

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How much money does a medical assistant earn in New York?

$14-$18 an hour

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What does a medical assistant do?

The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.

Medical assistants who perform administrative tasks have many duties. They update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. They also perform tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.

For clinical medical assistants, duties vary according to what is allowed by State law. Some common tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.

Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.

Ophthalmic medical assistants, optometric assistants, and podiatric medical assistants are examples of specialized assistants who have additional duties. Ophthalmic medical assistants help ophthalmologists provide eye care. They conduct diagnostic tests, measure and record vision, and test eye muscle function. They also show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses, and they apply eye dressings. Under the direction of the physician, ophthalmic medical assistants may administer eye medications. They also maintain optical and surgical instruments and may assist the ophthalmologist in surgery. Optometric assistants also help provide eye care, working with optometrists. They provide chair-side assistance, instruct patients about contact lens use and care, conduct preliminary tests on patients, and otherwise provide assistance while working directly with an optometrist. Podiatric medical assistants make castings of feet, expose and develop x rays, and assist podiatrists in surgery.

A medical assistant is a responsible person. They must be reliable for the pre-medical care and also administrative jobs in a hospital.

Work environment. Medical assistants work in well-lighted, clean environments. They constantly interact with other people and may have to handle several responsibilities at once. Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. However, many medical assistants work part time, evenings, or weekends.

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What are the responsibilities of the medical assistant if a patient has a adverse reaction to an injection?

Step back and let the doctor do his or her job.

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What is a Medical Assistant?

a medical asst is an informal nurse. Med asst perform all types of duties includes; shots, blood work, ekg, med secretary, filling records, med coding,vitals etc.

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How much does a medical assistant earn in TN?

They get paid a variety of pay rates. Some make $12.00 and some up to $23.00. I do not know what the highest they get paid,but I do know this range.

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How much does a medical assistant in Louisiana make?

Starting out, you can expect to make between 8-10 dollars and hour, even in a private office setting. The salary is probably NOT going to be at all what you've anticipated while in medical assisting school, but the drive to obtain a higher degree while getting experience in a medical setting will be well worth the wait.

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Alphabetic Index

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How much does a medical assistant make in South Carolina?

how much does a medical assistant make in North Carolina?

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What is the average wage for a medical assistant?

25000

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What is the starting pay for a medical assistant?

13 dollars an hour

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What is the difference between a medical assistant a registered medical assistant and a certified medical assistant?

MA - has or has not completed training to become an MA, could just have worked their way up in a doctor's office and/or received training typically from an ROP/Career Tech program

CMA - has completed a certificated program in basic, admin and/or clinical AND has sat for a certification exam with their state of residence AND passed the exam with certain requirements to receive their STATE certification. For example: My title is CCMA-AC, which is California Certified Medical Assistant-Admin and Clinical (note: the Clinical protion requires venipuncture competency)

RMA - has completed a certificated program just like a CMA AND has sat for an exam AND passed said exam to receive the title of Registered Medical Assistant which is a NATIONAL title that allows the MA to work in any state as an MA.

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