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TSTC Advantage

Medical Assistants perform a wide variety of clinical and administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and bookkeeping.

The duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the office location, size, and specialty.

In small practices, Medical Assistants usually are “generalists,“ handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or o

Medical Assistants perform a wide variety of clinical and administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services and handle billing and bookkeeping.

The duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the office location, size and specialty.

In small practices, Medical Assistants usually are “generalists,“ handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician or other health practitioner.

Clinical duties vary according to state law and include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination.

Medical Assistants also collect and prepare laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.

They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures and change dressings.

If you have good communications skills and an empathetic, caring personality, then medical assisting may be just the right fit for you.

What You’ll Do

  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight and height

  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records

  • Collect blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens and prepare them for testing

  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets and physicians' instructions to patients

  • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments and materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures

  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies

  • Change dressings on wounds

  • Greet and log in patients arriving at the office or clinic

  • Perform general office duties such as answering telephones, taking dictation or completing insurance forms

  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses

  • Keep financial records and perform other bookkeeping duties such as handling credit and collections and mailing monthly statements to patients

  • Operate x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG) and other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • Three semesters of intensive training in lab settings utilizing the software and equipment used by industry professionals, along with the academics and support courses you need to succeed 

  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach

  • Opportunities to gain real, hands-on experience in the classroom, as well as through an internship or co-ops

  • Experienced staff with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts

Faculty

TSTC’s faculty bring to the college years of professional experience in their respective occupations.

Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what employers are seeking and how to equip you with the skills needed to succeed

Instructors in the Medical Assistant program encourage community involvement and lead by example by displaying strong work ethics and caring personalities.

Job Credibility 

Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking Medical Assistant as one of the fastest growing occupations through 2018. Job prospects should be excellent.

About 62 percent of Medical Assistants work in offices of physicians. They perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding for insurance purposes.

Statistics Source: Texas Workforce Commission/Texas Labor Market and Career Information

Small Class Size

At TSTC, our classes average 20 students to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with them individually.

Hands-on Learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing the actual work they will do upon graduation. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the depth of instruction you need to succeed in your career as a Medical Assistant.

Students practice real world clinical duties such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications.

Advisory Committee

Only a combined effort by educators and clinical representatives on a continual basis can ensure that training needs are properly identified and training is updated in conjunction with changing developments and requirements.

TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain positions when the time comes to move out into the workforce.

Education by employer design!  As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.

There are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates:

  • More than 60 percent of your class time is spent on actual, hands-on work in lab settings.

  • Your internship opportunities in actual working environments provide on-the-job experience that is valued by industry employers.

  • The Medical Assistant program at Texas State Technical College is fully accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants.