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Analysis of Certified Medical Assistants


The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Outlook Handbook predicts that employment of medical assistants (MAs) in our country will rise an impressive 31 percent by 2020. Medical assistants are an efficient asset in hospital, outpatient, urgent care and physician practice settings as they handle important clinical and administrative functions that free up doctors’ time.

The growing use of electronic medical records (EMRs) also is likely to contribute to the need for more MAs – specialists who will need to master the use of EMR software, record security and analysis of electronic data.


Clinical Medical Assistants
While all MAs have patient-care responsibilities, clinical MAs have the highest level of hands-on duties. Their day-to-day tasks include:

  • Taking medical histories.
  • Recording vital statistics.
  • Prepping patients to see their physicians.
  • Assisting doctors during examinations.
  • Applying and removing dressings.
  • Drawing blood.
  • Working with lab specimens.


Specialized Medical Assistants
These are clinical MAs who complete extra training in order to focus on a specific medical field, such as:

  • Cardiology: Administering electrocardiograms, checking Coumadin levels and applying Holter monitors.
  • Obstetrics: Assisting with minor in-office surgical procedures, assisting with infertility injections, and completing lab requests for Pap smears.


Clerical Medical Assistants
These MAs are responsible for maintaining smooth, effective office operations including:

  • Answering and processing telephone calls.
  • Scheduling appointments.
  • Receiving front desk patients.
  • Processing mail.
  • Organizing paperwork.


Administrative Medical Assistants
These professionals have duties similar to those of clerical MAs, but more relevant to direct patient care functions:

  • Managing patient files.
  • Assisting with hospital admissions procedures.
  • Processing insurance claim forms.
  • Scheduling lab tests.
  • Handling patient billing.


Certification is Key
While MA salaries vary depending on experience, skill sets, type of medical facility and geographic location, professional certification is a given when it comes to advancing your career and opening the door to enhanced opportunities and job security.

Detailed information on MA certification is available at the DOL web site:

Hot Jobs

Here’s a sample of CMA jobs currently available in Spokane, WA:

Sample CMA duties in an oncology setting.

Title: Certified medical assistant (temporary/contract)

Description: Qualified CMA for specialty facility. Must be comfortable interacting with patients of all ages and working both independently and in a team environment. Oncology experience a plus.

Requirements: Washington State certification; TB test within past 12 months.

Find your career niche in pediatric care.

Title: Certified medical assistant (temporary to hire)

Description: Seeking outstanding CMA comfortable working in a pediatric patient care environment. Duties include administering immunizations and performing in a fast-paced setting.

Requirements: Washington State certification.


Apply now for these positions as the next great step on your MA career path.

Do you think a career as a medical assistant may be in your future? To learn more, contact the expert team at Medicalpros today.

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