Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. The responsibilities of medical assistants vary, depending on whether they work in a clinic, hospital, large group practice, or small private office.
Medical assistants work under the supervision of physicians in their offices or other medical settings. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties to help the health care delivery setting run smoothly. They answer telephones, greet patients, fill out insurance forms, schedule appointments, prepare and maintain medical records, and manage practice finances. The clinical duties of a medical assistant may include taking patient histories and vital signs, preparing patients for procedures, collecting and processing specimens, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.
More medical assistants are employed by practicing physicians than any other type of allied health personnel. In rural Alaska, medical assistants are often employed by regional health corporations, state and federal agencies, or community-based health care programs.
CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential is awarded to qualified individuals who have passed the American Association of Medical Assistants CMA Exam. Only graduates of CAAHEP-accredited programs are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Exam.
RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) credential is awarded to qualified individuals who have passed the American Medical Technologists RMA exam.
NCMA (National Certified Medical Assistant) credential is awarded to qualified individuals who have passed the National Center for Competency Testing exam.
CAAHEP-Accredited Schools in Alaska:
University of Alaska Anchorage
Allied Health Programs
Medical Assisting Department
3211 Providence Drive - AHS 158
Anchorage, AK 99508
Contact: Robin Wahto
Phone: (907) 786-6932
Web site: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/medassist/index.cfm
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Tanana Valley Campus
604 Barnette Street
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Contact: Christa Bartlett, Instructor
Phone: (907) 455-2887
Web site: http://www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/health/health-med.html
Other programs in Alaska
Alaska Career College
1415 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507-1033
Phone: 907-563-7575 or 800-770-7575
Web site: http://www.alaskacareercollege.edu/medical.php
2221 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 120
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Web site: http://www.chartercollege.edu/content/career_programs/charter_college_programs_medical_assistant.html
Alaska Medical Assistant Society
Amy Samuel, CMA (AAMA), President
11561 Hill Circle
Anchorage, AK 99507-6143
The Alaska Medical Assistant Society is now on Facebook.
Inquiries Regarding Careers and Certification
American Association of Medical Assistants
20 N. Wacker Drive, #1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 899-1500
Fax: (312) 899-1259
Web site: http://www.aama-ntl.org/
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Road, Suite 150
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Phone: (847) 823-5169
Toll free: (800) 275-1268
Fax: (847) 823-0458
Web site: http://www.amt1.com
National Center for Competency Testing
7007 College Blvd. Suite 385
Overland Park, KS 66211
Toll free: (800) 875-4404
Fax: (913) 498-1243
Web site: http://www.ncctinc.com
This page was last updated by Janice Troyer on June 25, 2013