Are you thinking about a career in the healthcare industry? Do you enjoy helping people? Then consider training with the Medical Clinical Assisting program at South Texas Vocational Technical Institute. Medical clinical assisting can be a rewarding profession, as workers in the field directly contribute to the care and wellbeing of patients.
In medical practice, doctors and nurses may rely on you as a Medical Clinical Assistant to help prepare patients for procedures by taking their vitals, recording their family medical histories, and working with patients to answer questions and schedule follow-up appointments.
What is a Medical Clinical Assistant?
Medical Clinical Assistants may have different duties depending on their work environments. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. The most common duties include:
- Record patient history and personal information
- Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
- Help physicians with patient examinations
- Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
What Skills are Required?
The Medical Clinical Assistant program helps train you to be a second pair of hands for the doctor, which requires good manual dexterity, reliability, and the ability to work well with others. You may be required to work in a well-lighted, clean environment wearing protective gear such as gloves, masks, eye shields, and protective clothing. You may also need to understand and follow the safety procedures of your medical office to minimize any risk associated with the use of x-ray equipment and other medical instruments.
Medical clinical assistants can help office managers make the office run smoothly. They assist with scheduling appointments, managing electronic medical records, assisting patients with insurance claims, billing, etc., and they may often perform these tasks alongside other clinical duties.
In a clinical setting, a medical clinical assistant’s duties can include taking vitals, giving shots, sterilizing instruments, changing wound dressings, and preparing bloodwork for the lab. Each medical practice maintains different specifications of what each employee may perform, so this is not necessarily an exhaustive list.
Both responsibilities, clerical and clinical, require medical assistants to interact with patients; therefore, proper bedside manner is expected. For some, visiting the doctor or hospital is an anxiety-inducing experience, so creating a positive, relaxing environment is important.
How much does a Medical Clinical Assistant make?
The median annual wage for medical assistants was $34,800 in May 2019.* The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,820, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $48,720.**
*STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.