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Medical Assistant

Salary: $15.41-$18.81 hourly / $2,680-$3,271 monthly / Range: 4816

DEFINITION: Under medical supervision, assists professionals in the delivery of health care services; and performs related duties as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Identifies patient's chief complaint and records observations in patient's permanent medical record; helps patients to complete medical history forms and prepares patients for examinations and treatment by provider; performs height, weight, vital signs, and vision tests and records them in the medical record; conducts tests and procedures as directed, such as EKG's, non-stress tests, spirometer, audiometer, venipunctures, skin punctures, strep screen, glucometer, chemical analyzer, and urine tests; assists health service providers with treatments and examinations of patients such as wound care, pelvic exams, minor surgery, and IUD insertions; assists in the identification of psychosocial needs and consults with the health service provider or makes referrals to appropriate agencies; conducts health education programs for patients or groups on such topics as health care for school-age children, infants and pregnant women; makes home and field visits with Public Health Nurses, or may make independent home visits under the general direction and supervision of a Public Health Nurse; schedules appointments for specialty tests, hospital admissions, and surgeries; prepares referral forms as directed, such as treatment authorization, insurance, disability, and employment physical forms; cleans and sterilizes equipment and stocks clinics or vehicles used for home visits or outlying clinics; schedules appointments and follows up on broken appointments to explain the need and value of returning for follow-up care; transcribes doctors' orders and prepares appropriate requisitions and forms.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a Medical Assistant Certificate issued by an accredited institution approved by the State of California; or,
2. one year of experience working in a health care setting that included direct patient contact; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions in this class.

Knowledge of: basic medical terminology, basic arithmetic, safe venipuncture techniques, and safe work practices in a clinic setting.

Ability to: work independently; conduct basic medical tests, such as vision and audiometry; understand the needs and problems facing culturally, economically, or socially disadvantaged persons; establish and maintain good relations with people from a wide range of social and ethnic groups; maintain confidentiality of patient information; understand and follow oral and written instructions; observe, report, and accurately record relevant information in patient records; follow established protocols for conducting medical tests and procedures; communicate medical and health information to patients understandably; show sensitivity and empathy toward patients; write legibly; elicit sensitive medical information from patients; and use computerized medical office systems.

Desirable Qualifications: Possession of a Medical Assistant Certificate is highly desirable and hiring preference will be given to candidates possessing this certificate.



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