Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is Medical Assisting For You?

Medical assistants work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, nursing homes, hospices, and rehab centers. Medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2004-14 period. A medical assistant enjoy a wide variety of duties. If you enjoy working with people, making a difference, and feeling the rewards of your work, medical assisting may be the career for you.

St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants is one of such medical assistant schools that offers online medical assisting program as a profession. Their medical assistant programs focus solely on medical assistant skills that enabled students to qualify as health care professionals. A student completing this certificate program will be qualified to work as a medical assistant in a variety of settings including medical offices, outpatient facilities, health maintenance organizations, health departments, business and industry, and insurance companies.

Administrative medical assistants must have excellent interpersonal skills as they greet the patients, verify their appointments, make copies of their insurance cards, check referrals and then ask them to take a seat in the waiting area. Courses on introductory laboratory skills and basic clinical tasks for a medical assistant are also available. Typing, keyboarding and computer skills and knowledge of the Corel or Microsoft Office applications, thorough knowledge of medical terminology, efficient filing skills, basic grammar, spelling and arithmetic, knowledge of the scheduling, registration, or admission process and excellent customer services skills are essential to do this job.

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