Medical assistants perform many different tasks in their work setting. While the bulk of the work involves clinical, patient care tasks, they also perform administrative tasks. In fact, medical assistant certification programs include both clinical and administrative modules as part of the curriculum.

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The following are clinical tasks medical assistants may perform, depending on the setting:

  • Taking vital signs
  • Administering medications/injections
  • Simple wound care
  • Applying orthopedic appliances, such as wrist/knee braces or ace wraps
  • Administering vision or hearing tests
  • Performing ear lavage
  • Removing sutures
  • Collecting medical histories
  • Performing electrocardiograms
  • Phlebotomy, if certified
  • Assisting providers with procedures

In addition to the clinical tasks above, medical assistants may also perform administrative tasks such as:

  • Greeting patients
  • Ordering supplies
  • Billing/coding
  • Answering telephones
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging future care for patients (i.e., lab/radiology appointments, specialty appointments, etc.)
  • Managing medical records
  • Corresponding with insurance companies
  • Managing and assisting with provider messages/virtual work

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Medical assistants have a broad knowledge base that allows them to assist providers quickly and efficiently. They are critical to the success of healthcare practices.

Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN

Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN

Amanda Bucceri Androus is a Registered Nurse from Sacramento, California. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She began her career working night shifts on a pediatric/ med-surg unit for six years, later transferring to a telemetry unit where she worked for four more years. She currently works as a charge nurse in a busy outpatient primary care department. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, write, and spend time with her husband and two children.
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