Clinical assistant's are often the lifeblood of a physician's office. These medical professionals are involved in many aspects of patient care and office upkeep.
Educational Requirements: High school degree or GED. Completion of an approved medical assistant educational program or LPN.
License Requirements: Current CPR required. RMA, CMA or LPN preferred.
Typical Duties: A clinic assistant is responsible for several items including:
- greeting patients and expressing sensitivity to their needs and condition;
- assessing and documenting the general condition of patients, including recording chief complaint, vital signs, weight, medications, social history and verifying symptoms and interventions in the patient medical record;
- appropriately recording services and diagnoses for accurate completion of encounter forms, requisitions, consent forms and advance beneficiary notices;
- assisting providers with patient examinations, procedures and treatments according to established protocols;
- maintaining medical records, including preparation of charts, filing of correspondence and test results;
- assisting in coordination of care through messaging patient telephone calls, scheduling appointments, communicating prescription refills, etc., according to established protocols;
- successfully using IDX, EMR and other computer applications to accomplish tasks according to policies and procedures;
- tracking ordered or pending tests, procedures or referrals according to protocol;
- administering medication orally and via intra-muscular injection as directed by physician order;
- determining eligibility and obtaining authorization for services;
- scheduling tests and appointments for referred services;
- tracking referrals made for services;
- participating in quality initiatives and safety functions;
- assisting in identifying and ordering needed supplies;
- remaining informed and compliant with current Saint Francis Health System, Warren Clinic, OSHA and HIPAA policies and procedures; and
- promoting patient wellness by providing patient education as directed by the provider.
Learn More About Becoming a Clinical Assistant
Contact your local college or trade/vocational school for more information.