Medical assistants perform a variety of both clinical and administrative tasks in the healthcare setting. They perform direct patient care to include taking vital signs, administering immunizations, simple wound care, and applying orthopedic supplies. They also manage tasks such as billing, scheduling appointments, ordering and managing supplies, and handling telephone calls.

Phlebotomists, on the other hand, are responsible for collecting blood samples from patients. This includes venipuncture, finger pricks, or heel sticks for infants. They work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They must ensure the method of collection is appropriate for the type of testing ordered and must ensure the blood samples are kept intact until processing.

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While medical assistants and phlebotomists are technically two different careers, a medical assistant can also become a phlebotomist and vice versa, as long as they have completed the required training. Medical assistant training is typically longer than phlebotomy training. It's beneficial to have both certifications as it can make an applicant more desirable to have additional skills. Additionally, it is a better patient care experience to have one staff member perform the necessary patient care tasks at one time, rather than send patients to different places.

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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