Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examinations and drawing blood.
A certificate in medical assisting will prepare students to work in a health care setting and become part of a medical team. In order to prepare for a medical assistant career, students will take courses involving anatomy, physiology, nutrition and patient care. Graduates of an accredited medical assisting program are eligible for certification in the field.