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What to Expect Working as a Medical Assistant in a Hospital

Medical Assistant Helping Doctors During ExaminationIf you’re looking into a career as a medical assistant, you’ll receive the necessary education and training to work in a variety of healthcare settings, from clinics and family practices to offices of various specialties. But some of the most pertinent medical facilities you could gain employment in are hospitals, where medical assistants are always in high demand. Here’s a look at the responsibilities you can expect as a medical assistant in a hospital, which Prism Career Institute will prepare you for through our Medical Assistant Diploma Program.

Scope of Clinical Responsibilities

Working alongside doctors and nurses, medical assistants in hospitals provide a wide range of support services for medical staff and patients alike. If you’re working at a hospital, you may be assigned to a specific floor or unit, and your duties may vary based on the demand of your department. But overall, you can expect to perform the following duties daily:

  • Taking vital signs and performing routine procedures like blood tests or electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Helping patients with medications, treatments, therapies, or exams

Additional Emergency Room Duties

If you’re assigned to the emergency room, medical assistants must be able to perform under pressure, handle stress well, and work well as a member of a team. They also must possess qualities of patience and attention to detail, as well as a passion for care. The fast-paced environment of any emergency room situation means medical assistants will be expected to carry out additional responsibilities. These include:

  • Preparing ER examination rooms for incoming patients
  • Assisting with transporting patients from ambulances and the waiting room
  • Moving severely injured or ill patients from the gurney to the examination or operating table
  • Providing support to medical staff, incoming patients, and family members

Administrative Tasks

Whether you’re working in the emergency room or in a specific unit, medical assistants are also an integral part of the hospital’s administrative team. At some facilities, medical assistants have the sole responsibility of handling all administrative tasks, but at others, they may experience a mixture of clinical and clerical duties.

With such a high volume of incoming patients on any given day or night, you’ll be assisting with answering phones and emails and coordinating communication between patients and their doctors or healthcare providers. In addition, you’ll be expected to do the following:

  • Greeting patients upon arrival
  • Collecting patient data including contact information, demographics, medical history, and insurance information
  • Assisting patients in correctly filling out paperwork
  • Keeping patient charts and records organized and up-to-date
  • Handling billing tasks and coordinating with insurance companies about patient coverage

Start Earning Your Diploma Now

While you may undergo on-the-job training where you’re assigned, future hospital medical assistants can begin a fruitful career path with a diploma from Prism Career Institute. Our robust medical assistant curriculum is available at our Cherry Hill and Egg Harbor Township campuses in New Jersey. For more information, contact us today.