Description: These programs provide students with the skills they need to perform clerical work in the medical field. These positions may be available in hospitals, medical clinics, and other medical facilities. The medical field requires employees who are conscientious, responsible and respect the confidential nature of medical information.
Medical assistants help physicians examine and treat patients, as well as perform routine tasks needed to keep the office running smoothly. Although medical assistants can perform both clinical and administrative tasks, the nature of the work varies from office to office. The size of the practice affects the scope of the job, as does the physician's view of medical assisting responsibilities. Medical assistants must not only be good at putting patients at ease but also be good listeners and interpret a physician's instructions correctly the first time they are given.