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Heal​th/Medical Assisting Services, Other

CIP Code 51.0899

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health practitioners running smoothly. They should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting 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.

Medical assistants who perform administrative tasks have many duties. They update and file patients’ medical records, fill out insurance forms and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms and other office procedures and terminology are recommended for success. They also perform tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and handling billing and bookkeeping.

Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean. In addition, they function with the public; therefore, they must be well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner. They also must be able to put patients at ease, explain physicians’ instructions, and respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.

Medical assistants work in well lighted, clean environments. They constantly interact with other people and may have to handle several responsibilities simultaneously. Many full time medical assistants work a regular 40 hour week. However, medical assistants may work part time, evenings, or weekends.

Those individuals completing this program of study may continue their education in order to develop skills and competencies that lead to other fields of specialization. Such specialty fields permit the individual to be employed as ophthalmic medical technologists, radiologic technicians, neurodiagnostic technologists, speech and language pathology assistants, endoscopy technicians, surgical assistants, and midwives.

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Approved Secondary School Partners

Admiral Peary AVTSEbensburg2009-2010
Beaver County CTCMonaca2009-2010
Bedford County Technical CenterEverett2009-2010
Berks CTC - West CampusLeesport2010-2011
Bradford Area HSBradford2009-2010
Butler County AVTSButler2009-2010
Carbon Career & Technical InstituteJim Thorpe2010-2011
Career Institute of TechnologyEaston2009-2010
Central Montco Technical HSPlymouth Meeting2009-2010
Central Westmoreland CTCNew Stanton2009-2010
Chester County Technical College HS BrandywineDowningtown2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS Pennocks BridgeWest Grove2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS PickeringPhoenixville2010-2011
Clarion County Career CenterShippenville2009-2010
Clearfield County CTCClearfield2009-2010
Columbia-Montour AVTSBloomsburg2010-2011
Connellsville Area Career & Technical    CenterConnellsville2010-2011
Crawford County CTCMeadville2011-2012
CTC of Lackawanna CountyScranton2011-2012
Cumberland-Perry AVTSMechanicsburg2010-2011
Eastern Westmoreland CTCLatrobe2010-2011
Erie City SD - Erie HSErie2017-2018
Fayette County AVTSUniontown2010-2011
Forbes Road CTCMonroeville2009-2010
Franklin County CTCChambersburg2011-2012
Greater Altoona CTCAltoona2009-2010
Greater Johnstown AVTSJohnstown2009-2010
Greater Johnstown SHSJohnstown2009-2010
Greene County CTCWaynesburg2010-2011
Hazleton Area Career CenterHazleton2011-2012
Huntingdon County CTCMill Creek2009-2010
Indiana County Technology CenterIndiana2009-2010
Jefferson County-DuBois AVTSReynoldsville2010-2011
Keystone Central CTCMill Hall2011-2012
Lancaster County CTC- Brownstown CampusBrownstown2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC- Willow St CampusWillow Street2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC-Mt Joy CampusMount Joy2010-2011
Lawrence County CTCNew Castle2009-2010
Lebanon County CTCLebanon2010-2011
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteSchnecksville2010-2011
Lenape TechFord City2010-2011
Lycoming CTCHughesville2011-2012
McCaskey CampusLancaster2010-2011
Middle Bucks Institute of TechnologyJamison2010-2011
North Montco Technical Career CenterLansdale2009-2010
Northern Tier Career CenterTowanda2009-2010
Northern Westmoreland CTCNew Kensington2009-2010
Northumberland County CTCCoal Township2010-2011
Parkway West CTCOakdale2009-2010
Reading-Muhlenberg CTCReading2009-2010
Schuylkill Technology Centers - NorthFrackville2011-2012
Seneca Highlands AVTSPort Allegany2009-2010
Somerset County Technology CenterSomerset2011-2012
Steel Center AVTSJefferson Hills2009-2010
SUN Area Technical InstituteNew Berlin2009-2010
Susquehanna County CTCDimock2010-2011
Upper Bucks County AVTSPerkasie2009-2010
Venango Technology CenterOil City2009-2010
Wallenpaupack Area HSHawley2009-2010
Warren County AVTSWarren2015-2016
Western Center for Technical StudiesLimerick2009-2010
Wilkes-Barre CTCWilkes-Barre2009-2010