In Demand Career Spotlight Series – Clinical Assistant
Our In Demand Career Spotlight Series will focus on careers in the medical and dental industries where demand for skilled workers outpaces supply. At Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School, you can be certified for these in demand careers in a matter of months, with the hands-on training, skills and credentials you’ll need for your new career.
In this month’s blog post, we will be discussing the clinical assistant position.
What Does a Clinical Assistant Do?
A clinical assistant is an important member of a healthcare team. They perform a variety of tasks to support physicians and other medical professionals in treating patients. While a medical administrative assistant works in the front desk area, maintaining electronic health records and performing other administrative duties, a clinical assistant works closely with patients. A successful clinical assistant must be a good communicator, calm under pressure and able to multitask. No two days in the life of a clinical assistant are going to be exactly alike, so a candidate must be able to be versatile.
The responsibilities of a clinical assistant include:
- Preparing examination and treatment rooms
- Preparing patients for treatments and examinations
- Assisting physicians with examinations and routine procedures. This can include minor surgeries.
- Phlebotomy procedures, such as taking blood samples
- Taking EKGs
- Patient care skills
- Recording patients’ vital signs
- Performing routine lab tests
- Sterilization of medical equipment
What is the Job Outlook for Clinical Assistants?
Clinical assistants typically start at around $13.00 to $15.00 an hour. Their pay can depend on where they are working, such as a hospital, private clinic, or doctor’s office. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that between 2016 and 2026 there is an expected 29% increase in job growth for clinical assistants, which is much higher than the average across all occupations.
Contact ACI Medical & Dental School Today
By completing our Medical Assistant Certification Program, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to take on the responsibilities of a clinical assistant in three to eight months.
Classes are starting soon. To learn more about this exciting new career opportunity and take the next step towards an in demand job in a growing industry, contact us today.