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Certified Medical Assistant

Medical assistant is an allied health occupation. Medical assistants perform administrative and/or clinical tasks to support the work of physicians and other health professionals.[1][2] They perform routine tasks and procedures such as measuring patients' vital signs, administering medications and injections, recording information in medical record keeping systems, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing.

The term "medical assistant" may have legal status in jurisdictions where they can be certified or registered, whereas elsewhere they may be a loosely defined group (covering related occupational titles such as ‘medical office assistant’, ‘clinical assistant’, 'assistant medical officer', or ‘ophthalmic assistant’). The occupation should not be confused with physician assistants, who are licensed professionals trained to practice medicine and surgical procedures in collaboration with a physician.

In military settings, occupations that provide primary medical care may go under similar titles, while other occupations may have different titles with similar responsibilities, such as Medical Assistant in the U.K. Royal Navy or Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy.

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In as little as two years you could become a registered nurse. In as little as 14 months you could be working in a clinical environment. Below are some paths you could take to begin your career as a nurse.

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May 2013 Nursing Salaries
Nurse Assistant$26k/year
Licensed Vocational/Practicing$46k/year
Registered Nurse$69/year
Nurse Anesthetists$158k/year
Nurse Practitioner$95k/year
Nurse Midwife$92/year
Degree Path: Registered Nurse
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Nursing School
Careers in Nursing
Associates Science Nursing2 YearsRegistered Nurse
Bachelors Science Nursing4 YearsRegistered Nurse
Masters Science Nursing6 YearsNeonatal, Legal Consultant, Family Nursing, Anesthesia
PHD Nursing8 YearsClinical Researcher, Nurse Practitioner, Administrative
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Nursing Certifications
Medical Assistant ProgramsVocational NurseNursing Informatics CertificationNursing Assistant Certification

Advanced Nursing Career Certifications

Are you already a registered nurse? Pick a speciality nurse certification and take your career in a whole new direction. Boost your pay by as much as 25k per year with a speciality nursing certification. Become a neonatal nurse practitioner in as little as 24 months.

Certified Medical Assistant Training Certification