After Medical Assistant School, Duties and Responsibilities Include
Administrative duties: Medical assistants answer telephones, schedule appointments, greet patients, update and file patient charts, order supplies, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, handle billing, collections, and bookkeeping.
Clinical duties: Clinical duties vary according to state law and may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, preparing patients for examination and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants may also telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, and sterilize medical instruments. In addition, Medical assistants are often responsible for preparing patients for x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures and dressing changes. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.