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Become A Medical Assistant Instructor

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Working As A Medical Assistant Instructor

  • 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

  • $174,881

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Assistant Instructor Do

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. 

Duties

Medical assistants typically do the following:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by the physician and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing some medical assistants’ jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information from paper to electronic records. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses.

Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician’s supervision.

In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.

Administrative medical assistants often fill out insurance forms or code patients’ medical information. They often answer telephones and schedule patient appointments.

Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They may have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for x rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings.

Some medical assistants specialize according to the type of medical office where they work. The following are examples of specialized medical assistants:

Ophthalmic medical assistants and optometric assistants help ophthalmologists and optometrists, respectively, provide eye care. They show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses. Ophthalmic medical assistants also may help an ophthalmologist in surgery.

Podiatric medical assistants work closely with podiatrists (foot doctors). They may make castings of feet, expose and develop x rays, and help podiatrists in surgery.

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How To Become A Medical Assistant Instructor

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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Average Length of Employment
Instructor Nurse 3.1 years
Medical Instructor 3.0 years
Medical Assistant 3.0 years
Instructor 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Medical Assistant Instructor
Instructor 3.2%
Internship 2.3%
Volunteer 1.6%
Top Careers After Medical Assistant Instructor
Instructor 4.0%

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Medical Assistant Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

80.6%

Male

17.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.0%

Hispanic or Latino

21.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.6%

French

5.1%

Hindi

5.1%

Arabic

4.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%

Tagalog

3.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

German

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Japanese

1.0%

Malayalam

1.0%

Dari

1.0%

Persian

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Italian

1.0%
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Medical Assistant Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

Kaplan University

10.2%

Capella University

6.4%

Ashford University

5.5%

American InterContinental University

5.1%

Strayer University

4.7%

South Texas College

4.3%

Remington College

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

Concorde Career College

4.3%

Thompson Institute

3.8%

Walden University

3.8%

Everest Institute

3.4%

South University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

Keiser University

3.0%

ECPI University

2.6%

Brown University

2.6%

University of Texas at Austin

2.6%

Charter College

2.6%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

34.7%

Nursing

17.7%

Business

10.3%

Health Care Administration

8.0%

Management

3.9%

Health Sciences And Services

3.1%

Medical Technician

3.0%

Psychology

2.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.2%

Biology

2.1%

Education

1.9%

Nursing Assistants

1.8%

Public Health

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Medicine

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Human Services

1.0%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

0.8%

General Studies

0.7%
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Degrees

Other

31.0%

Bachelors

20.7%

Associate

16.3%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

9.4%

Diploma

8.0%

Doctorate

2.4%

License

1.7%
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Real Medical Assistant Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Assistants Instructor Micropower USA Corporation Mineola, NY Oct 01, 2009 $61,000
Assistant Research Instructor University of Colorado Denver, CO Aug 15, 2010 $60,000
Medical-Clinical Assistant Instructor New York Institute of English and Business New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $55,230
Medical-Clinical Assistant Instructor New York Institute of English and Business New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $48,900
Medical-Clinical Assistant Instructor New York Institute of English and Business New York, NY Mar 12, 2010 $48,900

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Top Skills for A Medical Assistant Instructor

  1. Medical Office Procedures
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Phlebotomy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plan and teach medical assistant student in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical office procedures, Medical billing and coding, and Laboratory
  • Obtained a strong working knowledge of medical conditions and medical terminology.
  • Teach Medical Assisting Administrative, Clinical/Medical Billing and Coding, Phlebotomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology.
  • Maintained educational reports and provided motivation and mentoring to meet curriculum expectations, which resulted in academic retention of students.
  • Focus on health care rules and responsibilities, ethics, liability, professional communication, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology.

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