Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Assisting!
What does an MA do?
One of the greatest aspects about a career in Medical Assisting is no work day will be exactly the same. MAs do a variety of clinical and administrative tasks in medical offices, physician’s clinics, as well as podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists facilities. Job duties will vary depending on the location, size of the office, and specialty.
An MA may be called upon to answer telephones, greet patients, update and file medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services, maintain the exam rooms and reception area, order supplies and handle billing and bookkeeping.
Clinical duties vary according to state law but may include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination and assisting the physician during the exam. MAs can also collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform veni punctures and basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, sterilize medical instruments and perform EKGs. Under the direction of the physician an MA can be authorized to call in prescriptions or drug refills, prepare patients for x-rays, remove sutures and change dressings.
What is the difference between the MA certificate program and the MA Associate of Technical Study degree program?
A student can complete the Medical Assisting certificate program in two semesters. Once the student completes the program and passes the certification exam they can choose to go to work as a CMA and complete the ATS degree on a part-time basis. A Student may also choose to go the extra two semesters to gain the MA ATS degree upon graduation. Having the MA ATS degree may strengthen the graduate’s chances of being employed in an MA position with more management responsibilities.
How do graduates rate the MA program at Marion Technical College?
“Very good hands on procedures, tests are about things we have learned.”
“The program is very structured and organized; the student is always aware of their expectations”
“Teacher was always there when help was needed. Externship site was a great place.”
“Very in-depth and detail-oriented. Well prepared for job market.”
“With all of the aspects of the training I received, I was more than prepared for work.”