How Long Does It Take to Become a Medical Assistant?

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A medical assistant is required to complete an accredited program that takes between six months and one year of training. Manage medical files, answer phones and help check in patients as a medical assistant with information from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello, my name is doctor David Cathcart and I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. Medical assistants are those folk that work in, usually in an office setting, and they help manage either medical files or help manage the waiting room, they'll answer the phone, that sort of thing. They're those, they're those extra hands in, in and around the medical office that have to be there because they're just, you know, that that don't require the level of intensity of of training that perhaps a nurse might need, but certainly more than just you know, someone walking off the street. Most of these programs that teach people to become medical assistants are accredited programs. There's a couple of different accrediting agencies, but you just need to make sure that you're...that your school program you're considering is accredited. The, the programs typically take about six months, maybe nine months. Not usually much more than a year, but somewhere between six months and a year to complete these programs where you learn the skills to become a medical assistant and working in thee office. In our office, for example, our medical assistants do more than just manage medical records, but they'll also do things like check someone into the room, and and take a brief medical history, or and and some cases will even do blood pressures and those sorts of things. But medical assistants stop short of doing things like drawing blood, or giving injections. Those are purely nursing procedures, but medical assistant jobs are those jobs that don't require the skill and intensity of training that a nurse does, but they certainly require more than you know, than somebody who's completely untrained. Thanks for taking this time to explore medical careers with me. Again, I'm doctor David Cathcart with Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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