What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

A medical assistant is a multi-skilled allied health care professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers and may work in general medicine or specialty practices.

Common duties of a medical assistant include administrative and clinical tasks like:

  • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
  • Answering phone calls and questions
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections or medications
  • Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
  • Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
  • Taking patient vital signs

Why Earn a Medical Assistant Certification?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, which are expected to grow around 7 percent.

How to Enroll

Classes are held every month. You must first attend a mandatory orientation. During the orientation a class schedule will be provided.

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Admissions & Fees

  • All students are required to attend a mandatory orientation to register for the course.
  • PHCT is approved by Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)