PCI’s medical assistant program trains students to work as entry-level medical assistants in a clinic, hospital, or doctor’s office. There are a number of specialties within this career category, including: administrative office assistant, Medical Office Manager, Phlebotomist, and Physical Therapy Technician. Here is a brief look at each of those specialties:
Administrative Office Assistant
An administrative office assistant provides clerical support to a workplace. He or she would be responsible for greeting patients in-person and on the phone, organizing patient files, and liaising between medical professionals and patients.
Medical Office Manager
A medical office manager is responsible for the overall administrative operations of a clinic, hospital division or doctor’s office. He or she might also supervise other administrative staff, including administrative office assistants, receptionists, or filing clerks.
Phlebotomists are medically trained to take blood samples from patients for donations, transfusions, or research.
Physical Therapy Technician
A physical therapy technician works under the direction of a physical therapist to assist patients in recovering from illness, injury, and surgery. They typically also perform administrative tasks such as organizing patient files or setting up the physical therapy treatment area.
A podiatric assistant, sometimes known as chiropody assistants, is someone who cares for other’s feet. They are employed as an assistant to a qualified podiatrist and often take this role as a pathway to becoming a podiatrist.
An ophthalmic technician assists an ophthalmologist in collecting data and ensuring that the correct measurements are given to allow the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems and diseases. A ophthalmic technician performs duties such as simple eye exams, assisting with eye surgery and explaining treatment procedures to patients.
The Medical Assistant Program at PCI trains graduates in medical office skills, physiology, anatomy, and medical computer software. As part of their health care training, students will learn to:
- Check vital signs
- Assist with electrocardiograms and physical exams
- Perform general laboratory tests
- Perform routine diagnostic tests (EKG, Phlebotomy, etc.)
- Administer CPR and first aid
- Assist with minor surgeries
- Transcribe medical documentation
- Process accounts receivable, accounts payable, and insurance claims
- Collect and analyze patient specimens
- Schedule and monitor patients
If you’re interested in pursuing medical career training in the Dallas area, consider the Medical Assistant Program at PCI Health Training Center. Our curriculum includes a 200-hour externship, allowing you to get hands-on experience working at a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, laboratory, dialysis center, or other medical facility. To learn more, contact us online or at (214) 630-0568.
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