How to write a Medical Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Medical Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Medical Assistant job titles

  • Medical Assistant
  • Urgent Care Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant (Full-Time)
  • Certified Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Medical Assistant job summary

We are searching for a reliable Medical Assistant to perform various office and clinical duties to keep our healthcare practice running efficiently. Our Medical Assistant will work directly with healthcare practice staff to collect test samples, maintain patient records, explain common medical procedures to patients and assist in basic examinations.

Medical Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Medical Assistant responsibilities

  • Update and maintain all digital client records and assist in transitioning hard copy records to digital format
  • Record patient information such as vital signs, weight and changes in medical history prior to each appointment
  • Clean and prepare examination rooms prior to patient appointments
  • Work in the front office taking care of tasks such as answering phone calls and greeting patients as they enter the facility
  • Assist the nurse and office manager in maintaining the medical inventory and placing orders for new materials as needed

Medical Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Medical Assistant skills

  • Associate degree in a medical field (bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • 2+ years of experience working for a healthcare practice or hospital
  • High level of professionalism
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Inventory management experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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Job Description Examples

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