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Become A Clinical Assistant

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Working As A Clinical Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $55,246

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Assistant Do

A Clinical Assistant performs a wide range of tasks to assist physicians in providing patient care and to ensure that clinics and hospitals run smoothly and efficiently. They may supervise and/or lead lower-graded staff and/or student employees.

How To Become A Clinical Assistant

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.

Education

Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

Training

Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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Real Clinical Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Assistant In Radiology Massachusetts General Physician's Organization Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $253,000
Clinical Assistant Profesor University of Florida Gainesville, FL Feb 01, 2014 $165,800
Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA May 08, 2016 $145,000
Clinical Assistant In Radiology Massachusetts General Physician's Organization Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $125,000
Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Pharmacist University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jul 22, 2016 $105,000
Assistant In Clinical Columbia University New York, NY Jan 07, 2013 $100,000
Assistant In Clinical Columbia University New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $100,000
Assistant In Clinical Columbia University New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $100,000
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical Center New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $83,839
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical Center New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $83,839
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical CEN New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $82,244
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical CEN NY Jul 01, 2014 $82,244
Assistant In Clinical Columbia University New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $71,340
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical CEN New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $70,988
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical CEN New York, NY Jun 28, 2014 $70,988
Clinical Assistant VII The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Jul 01, 2013 $70,000
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical Center New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $68,811
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical CEN New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $64,028
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical Center New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $64,028
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical CEN New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $62,822
Clinical Assistant VI The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Aug 01, 2013 $62,661
Clinical Assistant Instructor State University of New York Downstate Medical Center New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $61,709
Clinical Assistant Instructor Suny Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY Aug 01, 2013 $61,394
Clinical Assistant Instructor Suny Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY Jul 01, 2013 $61,394

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Top Skills for A Clinical Assistant

SurgicalProceduresLaboratorySpecimensVitalSignsMedicalRecordsEKGClinicalTrialExecutionAppointmentSchedulingPhlebotomyCustomerServiceDataEntryRegulatoryDocumentsTriagePhoneCallsExamRoomsEMRPatientInformationInsuranceVerificationPatientChartsFrontDeskBloodPressure

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Top Clinical Assistant Skills

  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Laboratory Specimens
  3. Vital Signs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Aided in many surgical procedures.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.
  • Assisted with vital signs/urine drug screens/ultrasound guided injections.
  • Worked in the lab, injection clinic, medical records, as a receptionist and in internal medicine.
  • Prepared patients and performed EKG's.

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