Medical assistants perform a variety of tasks to assist physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other clinic staff in providing patient care. This may include the following:
- Checking vital signs
- Discussing brief medical histories with patients
- Performing procedures
- Administrating medications and vaccines
- Coordinating additional services (such as lab or X-ray)
- Documenting in patients’ medical records
- And more!
Many of our medical assistants are paired with a specific physician and work closely with patients, creating special bonds over the years.
Are there growth opportunities for medical assistants?
As a medical assistant, there are different options for you in regards to a career path. You can go back to school to expand your knowledge in the healthcare field. This could be for clinic leadership opportunities, or to become a registered nurse (two or four year options) or physician assistant (three or more years). Another option is to become a care coordinator within the clinic system.
How do I become a medical assistant?
To be employed as a medical assistant at St. Luke's, you are required to have a certification or license within 120 days of hire in one of the following areas:
- Medical assistant
- Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
- Registered nurse (RN)
- Emergency medical technician (EMT)
- Respiratory therapist (RT)
There are local programs that range in length of time to complete prior to becoming certified or receiving a license. There are a two local schools offer a medical assistant program and are approximately one year in length (full-time):
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