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Occupational Description
Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession; practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures.

Employment Characteristics
More medical assistants are employed by practicing physicians than any other type of allied health personnel. Medical assistants are usually employed in physicians’ offices and other ambulatory healthcare settings, where they perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks to facilitate the work of the physician. The responsibilities of medical assistants vary, depending on whether they work in a clinic, hospital, large group practice, or small private office. With demand from more than 200,000 physicians, there are, and will probably continue to be, almost unlimited opportunities for formally educated medical assistants.

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the average salary in 2014 was $29,600. Read more at www.aama-ntl.org  

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 29% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of aging baby boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.  

Additional demand also is expected because of new and changing task for Medical Assistants as part of the medical team. As more and more physicians practices switch to electronic helath records (EHRs), medical assistant jobs responsabilities will continue to change. Read more information at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

The curricula of accredited programs must ensure achievement of the Entry-Level Competencies for the Medical Assistant. The curriculum must include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, psychology, communications (oral and written), medical assisting administrative procedures, and medical assisting clinical procedures. Programs must include an externship that provides practical experience in qualified physicians’ offices, accredited hospitals, or other health care facilities.

Students receive no remuneration during any clinical experience with the Medical Assisting Program at Texas State Technical College Harlingen. Here are some of the medical practices the Medical Assistant program is affiliated with;

  • Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Clinic
  • Westbrook Clinic
  • Peripheral Vascular Consultants
  • Rio Hondo Medicine
  • Los Fresnos Medicine
  • Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas
  • Valley Medicine Associates
  • Dr. S. Kotta & Dr. R. Pagan Internal Medicine
  • Harlingen Family Care Clinic
  • Dr. Manuel Guajardo (Obstretics & Gynecology)
  • Dr. Donald Roa & Dr. Lourdes B. Concha
  • Sesame Family Clinic
  • Dr. M. Kuye
  • San Benito Medical Associates

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