What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants are healthcare professionals who work under the direct supervision of licensed healthcare practitioners in medical offices and clinics.
What does a Medical Assistant do?
Medical assistants perform routine administrative, clinical, and laboratory tasks to keep the physician’s office running smoothly. Some of the responsibilities of a medical assistant include:
- Perform administrative duties such as: Medical billing and coding, insurance claims filing, authorization, referrals
- Participate in Emergency Preparedness
- Assist with risk management, Continuity of Care, Quality Assurance
- Prepare patients for various examinations and treatments, obtain vital signs, and perform EKGs
- Give injections and instruct patients about medications
- Clean instruments, order supplies, and maintain treatment rooms
- Schedule appointments, answer telephones, and greet and dismiss patients
- Obtain blood specimen for analysis using venipuncture and finger stick techniques
- Perform lab tests on specimens (urinalysis, complete blood count, blood chemistries, etc.) as ordered by physicians
- Assist with minor surgery, apply bandages and dressings
- Maintain patients' records
- Take x-rays of chest and extremities
- Assist in patient education, serve as a patient navigator
How long is the Medical Assistant Program at DMACC?
The program begins each fall. It may be completed over the course of one (1) year if taken as a full time student or may be taken part-time over two (2) years.
Graduates of the DMACC Medical Assistant Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam to become a certified medical assistant – CMA(AAMA). Graduates of the program are also eligible to sit for the State of Iowa Limited Radiography Permit.
The DMACC Medical Assistant Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP
www.caahep.org), 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, phone 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606, www. maerb.org, phone: 1-800-228-2262. DMACC graduates are eligible to take the certification examination [CMA (AAMA)] given by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Graduates are also eligible to take the State of Iowa Limited Radiographer examination upon completion of the program.