• Medical Assistants
  • Health Science
  • Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

What do they typically do

  • Take and record patient history and measure their vital signs
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations; show patients to rooms; and prepare patients for physician
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patients medications or injections as directed by the physician
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies

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