Medical assisting is a vocation that falls into the so called middle-skills job category. The medical assistant works under the employ and direct supervision of a doctor and side-by-side with various other medical and health care practitioners, nurses and highly specialized technologists in an ambulatory medical office or clinical setting. The minimum requirement to become a medical assistant is a high school diploma, it does not require a post-secondary degree from a college, or higher education institution.
Definition of the Medical Assisting Discipline
Becoming a medical assistant involves work related instruction usually in form of vocational education from a formal post-secondary educational and training program, or direct on the job training provided and overseen by a physician. Many medical assistants voluntarily join a professional membership association, such as the AAMA, RMA, NRMA or NHA. These professional bodies typically define, promote, oversee, support and regulate the affairs of its members and require a certain amount of annual continuing education units (CEU) to maintain their membership and credentials active.