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What is Advanced Medical Assisting

The accreditation standards for medical assisting programs must remain equal amongst comparable programs. However in 2008, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the Continuing Education Board (CEB) promoted and encouraged the pursuit of higher education, advanced degrees and credentials, and encouraged the usage of Advanced Practice of Medical Assisting.  In this document, Advanced Medical Assisting was defined as “advanced medical assisting skills and areas of knowledge for the purpose of designing relevant continuing education opportunities”. As such, ACA began offering Advanced Medical Assisting which supplements medical assisting with greater externship hours (744 vs. 160), training in ACLS, online patient simulations prior to externships, opportunity to work directly with primary care physicians (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics) and sub-specialists during externships, as well as a Student Services Department that include career development, placement assistance and medical residency admission advice.

Medical assistants may complete clinical & administrative tasks in both inpatient and outpatient facilities led by physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.  In larger practices or hospitals, and depending on state regulations, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work. For example, Clinical Medical Assistants (depending on state regulations) may prepare patients for x-rays, remove stitches, draw blood or change dressings, administer medications under supervision, do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, sterilize medical instruments, instruct patients about medication or special diets. Ophthalmic Medical Assistants and optometric assistants help ophthalmologists and optometrists, respectively, provide eye care, show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses, or help an ophthalmologist in surgery.  At Advanced Colleges of America, our  Advanced Medical Assisting programs offer an expanded focus on externships in both primary care and sub-specialties in a variety of clinical site setting options, as well as Student Services that include career development, placement assistance and medical residency admission advice.

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