Registered Medical Assistants
Registered medical assistants are the ones who perform the routine administrative and clinical responsibility to keep the clinics and offices of health professionals running smoothly. On the other hand, registered medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants. Registered medical assistants do not examine, diagnose or treat patients unlike physician assistants who perform these things under a direct supervision of a physician.
The duties and responsibilities of registered medical assistants vary from one another depending on the office location, size and the specialization of the registered medical assistants. For most registered medical assistants in large offices, they tend to specialize in one particular field and report to department administrators or operations management. The duties of registered medical assistants vary on the State that the registered medical assistant is on.
Podiatric medical assistants and ophthalmic medical assistants are examples of registered medical assistants who specialize on a particular field. They are responsible for exposing and developing x-rays, the casting of the patients’ feet, assists the podiatrists in surgical procedures, conduct diagnostic tests, measure and record vision, test the muscle functions of the eyes and help the ophthalmologist in providing medical care and ophthalmologist surgery.
The most preferred registered medical assistants are graduates from accredited medical assisting programs. These medical assisting programs are offered in some post-secondary vocational institutes, junior colleges, colleges and universities. Registered medical assistants who are graduates on post-secondary institutes receive a diploma or certificate. These types of medical assisting programs usually lasts within a year, some medical assisting programs lasts less than a year.
Although formal training is not mandatory to become a registered medical assistant, it is very much recommended. Some high schools even offer programs that cover the required courses along with volunteering on a medical and health care setting; which gives adequate education to start a career in medical assisting. On the other hand, an individual must have five years of experienced in order to be eligible for certification if that individual has no formal training.
Only two organizations are accredited by the United States Department of Education. These are the “Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs” and the “Accreditation Bureau of Health Education Schools”. An estimated seven hundred medical assisting programs are accredited by these organizations.
No licensing is required for registered medical assistants. However in some States, they are required to take examinations or courses before they perform certain duties (like X-rays).
The only certified medical assisting program accredited by the “National Commission for Certifying Agencies” is the “American Medical Technologist”. In order to become a registered medical assistant, one must at least 18 years old and has passed a medical assisting course on an institute or school that is accredited and must have at least five years of experience,