Different Types of Medical Assistants

Medical assistants play a vital role as part of a larger healthcare team.  A specialized medical assistant is one who is specifically trained in a particular field and usually works closely with physicians and patients. Medical assisting duties vary from job to job, but ultimately each one works alongside physicians to help provide the best healthcare possible for their patients.  While there are three main types of medical assistants, Clinical Medical Assistant, Registered or Certified Medical Assistant, and Administrative Medical Assistant, there are many different types of specialized medical assistant positions and certifications.

What is a Specialized Medical Assistant?

First, to become a specialized medical assistant, you need to become certified as a specialized medical assistant by completing an accredited training program and passing a certification exam.  In many cases, you will need hands-on training for your specialty. Specialized medical assistants can often earn higher wages because of their specialized training.

What areas can different types of Medical Assistants specialize in?

There are many different areas that you can specialize in.  Some of these include the following:

  • EKG/Cardiology Technician –  In this role, you will perform diagnostic tests such as electrocardiography (EKGs) and stress tests to help doctors identify cardiovascular problems in patients.
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology – This specialization allows you to help a physician with women’s health procedures such as Pap testing, breast exams, and assisting with care for pregnant women.
  • Ophthalmology –  These medical assistants perform duties in caring for the eyes such as assisting physicians with eye treatments and emergencies, administer eye medications, and perform diagnostic testing.
  • Family Medicine –  In a family medicine practice, the medical assistant duties can vary widely.  Often medical assistants specialized in this area handle blood pressure and weight checks, strep tests, and urinalysis.  They also follow up directly with patients on lab results and reviewing medications.
  • Geriatrics – Opportunities in this area include working in long-term care facilities and physician offices that work with geriatric patients. Tasks include giving injections, scheduling appointments and assisting with examinations.
  • Transplantation Surgery – Duties in this role can include working directly with patients to check vital signs, weight, and temperature.  You may also keep track of patient documents such as medication lists and immunizations, and maintain patient databases.

How Do I Choose a Medical Assistant Specialty?

There are many benefits to becoming a medical assistant and there are numerous specialties.  To determine what would be the best fit for you, start by assessing your interests and determine what you are most drawn to.  Also, determine the amount of time it will take to complete your field of interest.

Where Can I get Medical Assistant Training?

With ever-increasing needs in the healthcare field, there is always a demand for medical assistants. Regardless of what you choose to specialize in, there are many great opportunities out there. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a medical assistant, consider talking to an admissions advisor with Milwaukee Career College (MCC).

MCC is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Plus, students who attend MCC enjoy lots of one-on-one time with the instructors because class sizes are intentionally small. It is so important to get personalized, hands-on training when starting out a new career. MCC is a great place to become a medical assistant. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact MCC. One phone call can change your life, in just a little over a year, you can have a great new career full of growth and opportunity.

Contact us or call us at 800-645-5157 today to learn more about Milwaukee Career College’s Medical Assistant Program.


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