Medical Assistant Skills Checklist

October 8, 2019

Medical assistants serve an important role in medical offices throughout the United States and beyond. These professionals work closely with physicians to assist those in need of medical care. Embark on a career as a medical assistant and you will perform a myriad of tasks ranging from directly assisting patients to conducting minor medical procedures, completing administrative work, and more. 

Let’s take a look at the skills medical assistants acquire during their career.

Medical Skills

Though medical assistants are not nurses or physicians, they do perform some basic medical care. This care is provided under the supervision of one or several physicians. Medical assistants administer injections, apply wound dressings, and obtain urine and blood samples.

Additional common medical assistant duties include removing sutures, conducting EKGs, and communicating with patients and doctors. Medical assistants also perform some fairly simple tasks such as prepping treatment rooms for doctors to examine patients and coordinating prescription refills. This is not to say medical assistants do not perform important work, as they are also tasked with completing an accurate assessment of a patient’s vital signs. If you are a detail-oriented person willing to adhere to the nuances of safety and infection control, you will thrive as a medical assistant.

Medical Administrative Skills

Medical assistants gain a lot of administrative skills from various odd jobs. They’re often responsible for monitoring medical supply inventories, and then re-ordering supplies as necessary. This responsibility requires the medical assistant to identify the optimal suppliers in terms of quality and price. Medical assistants also schedule patient appointments, update patient records following medical exams/test results, work in unison with laboratory services, and do all the preparatory work required for a patient’s hospital admission.

As noted above, the best medical assistants have an eye for detail as they are tasked with recording patients’ medical histories in a comprehensive manner. Furthermore, these professionals handle medical billing tasks that require the processing of fairly complex insurance forms. Medical assistants also handle interactions with insurance companies and reconcile patient co-pays. In fact, some medical assistants are tasked with vetting sales reps looking to provide medical facilities with supplies.

Office Skills

Though medical assistants are not expected to master the nuances of Microsoft Excel or other Microsoft Office programs, they develop basic office skills throughout their career. The office skills mastered by the average medical assistant are similar to those learned by administrative assistants in various fields. From bookkeeping to billing, using idiosyncratic computer programs, and beyond, there are plenty of office tasks for medical assistants to complete.

Interpersonal Skills

Direct interaction with patients is essential in this line of work. Medical assistants perform roles somewhat similar to customer service representatives yet the support is provided in a face-to-face manner with patients. Ask anyone who has worked as a medical assistant about the interpersonal skills necessary to perform this job in the proper manner and you will be inundated with examples of how people skills are essential to success in this unique field.

A Successful Medical Assistant Career Begins With Trinity

Your career as a medical assistant begins with the comprehensive training and education provided at Trinity. Reach out to us today to learn more about our medical assistant program, and you’ll be on the fast track to a very rewarding career.