Medical assistants are often the first line of offense, so to speak, in any medical office. Medical assistants are tasked with performing medical office or patient care center tasks that, while often considered routine, are the benchmark of any medical organization’s ability to provide top-level care to its customers – the patients in need. Such tasks may include administering medications or injections, taking vital signs, preparing medical instruments and supplies, performing lab tests and properly handling and updating patient medical records. It should be known that medical assistants and physicians assistants are two different positions; physicians assistants can often assist with or perform more advanced clinical, therapeutic and surgical procedures.
The typical medial assistant degree falls under the classification of an Associate of Science (or Associated of Applied Science) in Medical Assisting. An abbreviated degree program (two years or less – plus externship – especially when administered in distance/online format), this AAS degree includes such coursework as professionalism in health care, medical law and bioethics, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and medical office management, among other topics. This degree is aimed at properly training individuals for entry level positions in patient care centers and medical offices, likely into positions as medical assistants, earning median annual salaries of $30,000 (BLS.gov).
Adventist University of Health Sciences — The Adventist University of Health Sciences' BS in radiological science degree covers everything the professional radiologist needs to know about mammography, computed tomography, MRI, advanced patient care issues, and medical imaging. Coursework also covers issues and trends in health care and case studies, with a focus on providing the tools and insights students need to become marketable job applicants.
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