How to Hire a Medical Assistant

Does your growing business need a medical assistant? A medical assistant is responsible for providing administrative services to a medical clinic or hospital.

Here are some tips to help you find great medical assistant candidates and make the right hire for your medical clinic or hospital.

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Medical assistants searching for jobs on Indeed*

828,331

Job seekers that clicked medical assistant jobs

293,949

Resumes for job seekers with medical assistant experience on Indeed

54,099

Medical assistant jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring medical assistant?

  • Common salary in US: $15.97 hourly
  • Typical salaries range from $7.25$28.80 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, medical assistant jobs in the US are very competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 15 job seekers per medical assistant job.

Why hire a medical assistant?

An efficient medical assistant helps maintain smooth operations of a medical clinic or hospital and provides a positive patient experience. A great medical assistant can do the following: 

• Interact with patients and record their medical history
• Schedule and organize patient appointments
• Maintain updated records of medical records and insurance information

What are the types of medical assistants?

Medical facilities hire different types of assistants, each with specific duties. All medical assistants have a similar rank within the greater hierarchy of a medical setting, but how they help the team can vary. Here are some types of medical assistants:

  • Administrative medical assistants: These medical assistants help patients and doctors on the administrative side of health care. They often work in the front end of the clinic and might handle scheduling, medical record management, insurance processing and similar tasks to keep the office running.
  • Clinical medical assistants: This position helps with the actual treatment of patients, assisting doctors and interacting with patients. The tasks can vary but might include sterilizing and preparing equipment, administering medication, preparing exam rooms, taking vitals and preparing patients for procedures.
  • Specialty medical assistants: Some medical assistants specialize in a certain type of medicine and work with a doctor or surgeon in that field. Examples include ophthalmologic, obstetric or chiropractic medical assistants. They have knowledge in a particular area and assist with procedures unique to that specialty.

Where to find medical assistants

To find the right medical assistant for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Partner with a school offering a medical assistant program. Serve as a guest speaker or host medical assistant students at your facility to start building connections with the students for recruitment after graduation.
  • Ask for referrals. If you already have medical assistants on staff, start a referral program for them. They might have connections with medical assistants from school or previous jobs.
  • Promote from within. Look at your current office staff, such as receptionists or other entry-level positions, to find good candidates for medical assistants. Offer tuition assistance for them to complete a medical assistant program, or train them on the job.
  • Network with other medical professionals. Talk to your contacts within the medical field to find candidates.
  • Post your job online. Try posting your medical assistant job on Indeed to find and attract quality medical assistant candidates.

What are the types of medical assistants?

Medical facilities hire different types of assistants, each with specific duties. All medical assistants have a similar rank within the greater hierarchy of a medical setting, but how they help the team can vary. Here are some types of medical assistants:

  • Administrative medical assistants: These medical assistants help patients and doctors on the administrative side of health care. They often work in the front end of the clinic and might handle scheduling, medical record management, insurance processing and similar tasks to keep the office running.
  • Clinical medical assistants: This position helps with the actual treatment of patients, assisting doctors and interacting with patients. The tasks can vary but might include sterilizing and preparing equipment, administering medication, preparing exam rooms, taking vitals and preparing patients for procedures.
  • Specialty medical assistants: Some medical assistants specialize in a certain type of medicine and work with a doctor or surgeon in that field. Examples include ophthalmologic, obstetric or chiropractic medical assistants. They have knowledge in a particular area and assist with procedures unique to that specialty.

Writing a medical assistant job description

A thoughtful description can help you find qualified medical assistant candidates. A medical assistant job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your medical assistant job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on medical assistant jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Medical assistant
  • Medical
  • Certified medical assistant
  • Healthcare
  • Medical office
  • Phlebotomist
  • Phlebotomy
  • Assistant
  • Hiring immediately
  • Dermatology

Interviewing medical assistant candidates

To hire a suitable medical assistant, take the time to vet candidates and ask detailed interview questions regarding: 

• Proficiency in managing a health clinic or hospital 
• Interactions with patients
• Experience scheduling appointments and tests
• How they’ve contributed to sales and profit goals of other companies 

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of medical assistant interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a medical assistant

What's an alternative to hiring a medical assistant?

A receptionist can handle many of the administrative medical assistant duties, such as scheduling patients’ appointments and filing insurance forms. Using online patient scheduling and check-in can reduce the workload of your receptionist. Nurses can handle all the assisting work when physicians need help with procedures. However, having a medical assistant can be a cost-effective solution if your nurses are already spread thin and you need additional assistance for your doctors.

What does a medical assistant wear?

Medical assistants often wear scrubs and comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Scrubs are easier to clean, which makes them ideal for clinical medical assistants who work directly with patients and might end up with bodily fluids on their clothes. You can issue a certain color of scrubs or let your medical assistant choose their own scrubs. Administrative medical assistants often wear their own clothes that suit the clinical environment since they mainly work at a desk.

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