The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) responsibilities focus more on the clinical side compared to the AMA. Clinical medical assistants help doctors and nurses prepare examination rooms, take and monitor patient vital signs, question patients about medical histories, prepare patients for X-rays and assist with electrocardiograms (EKG). CCMAs are allowed to perform additional duties such as drawing blood, administering injections and medications, administering IVs, disposing of biohazards, dressing wounds and removing stitches while under the direct supervision of a physician or registered nurse.

Skills required:

  • Must have good interpersonal and listening skills
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Should be well-organized
  • Capable of problem solving
  • Work well with team

Employers: Clinical medical assistants work in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Education: Students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by NHA (National HealthCareers Association).

Job Outlook: The career outlook for medical assistants is very promising. The growing demand for certified medical assistants is fueled by an aging population and a rapid expansion of the preventive medical field.

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