Need certification in Medical Assisting from a school in Maryland or Pennsylvania? If so then look no further than All-State Career School. You’ll learn about proper infection control and sterilization techniques, how to perform medical billing and collection, how to maintain medical records and monitor appointments and much more. Upon graduation you’ll have the skills necessary for an entry level job at a physical therapist’s office, anesthesiologist’s office or outpatient client or lab. Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.
The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices medical assistants are usually "generalists," handling both administrative and clinical duties. They would report directly to an office manager, physician or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators/practice manager.
Medical assistants perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update/file patient medical records, complete insurance forms/referrals forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admissions, laboratory services, handle medical prescriptions, coordinate meetings with medical representatives and handle billing and bookkeeping.
Clinical duties include but are not limited to: taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises. They must dispose of contaminated supplies and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets. They prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. Medical assistants may also arrange examining room instruments and equipment. They inventory, purchase and maintain supplies, and equipment. When needed, they must keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.
The objective of the Medical Assisting Program is to train students to acquire satisfactory skills and demonstrate competency in a variety of medical office procedures and laboratory techniques under the direct supervision of a physician. The medical procedures and lab techniques include injections, EKG’s, vital signs, urinalysis, phlebotomy, assisting in minor surgery and emergency situations. Front office skills include patient data collection, scheduling patients, answering phone inquiries, insurance claims processing, bookkeeping, billing/collection, keyboarding, transcription, word processing and computer billing. These skills are evaluated utilizing error control and speed building reviews. This skill and knowledge enhancement will enable the graduate, upon completion of required course work to further develop his or her career as a Medical Assistants through a 160 hour externship in a clinic, laboratory, physician’s office or hospital.
Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students will be qualified to assume entry-level positions as Medical Assistants performing the medical procedures, lab techniques, and front office duties described above. They will understand the use of Universal Precautions, OSHA Regulations, HIPPA Requirements, Confidentiality and the Legal Aspects of the Allied Health environment.
Graduates of the program will receive a Diploma upon completion and are eligible to sit for either the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) or the Registered Medical Assisting (RMA) Exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).