According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an almost 60 percent increase in medical assisting jobs in the next five years.
Medical assistants perform routine administrative, clinical and laboratory tasks to keep medical offices, clinics, laboratories and other health care agencies running smoothly.
In smaller practice settings, medical assistants are usually generalists, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager or health care provider. Usually the medical assistant helps with routine examinations, obtains specimens, performs laboratory tests, schedules appointments, handles medical insurance claims and accomplishes other office duties.
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) — Graduates who meet certain requirements are eligible to take this national certification exam from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) — Students who meet certain requirements will be eligible to take this national certification exam from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).