Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
Sample of reported job titles: Medical Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Doctor's Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Optometric Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Optometric Technician, Outpatient Surgery Assistant
New Hampshire Outlook
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Education and Training
Entry-level Medical Assistants are usually required to have a high school diploma, and train on-the-job for one to twelve months. There are, however, a variety of postsecondary educational programs available for medical assisting, ranging in length from a few months to a two-year Associate's degree. Applicants who have completed a formal educational program in medical assisting may be preferred by employers.
In New Hampshire, Medical Assistants do not require a professional license. There are several postsecondary institutions offering medical assisting programs in the state.
Interests (Holland Code): SCR
Career Cluster: Health Science
Most medical assistants work in physicians' offices and other healthcare facilities. Most work full time.
Additional Information Sources**
American Association of Medical Assistants
NH State Society of Medical Assistants
To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov
* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
For more information:
Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
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