Medical Assistant or Medical Office Specialist: Which Is For You?
Healthcare is a field that is in need of all types of employees – from doctors and nurses, all the way to Medical Assistants and Medical Office Specialists. Chances are, you know what sort of path you need to be on if becoming a doctor or nurse is in your future. But, if you’re thinking you’d want to be a Medical Assistant or part of the medical office staff, then the path might not be as clear, and the answer to which career you’d rather have might not be as easy.
So, Medical Assistant or Medical Office Specialist – which to choose? There are important similarities (and clear differences) that make these two occupations distinct, but sometimes difficult to distinguish.
First, let’s look at the similarities. Each position handles clerical and administrative tasks in their office environment. Answering phones, handling mail, and maintaining paperwork or electronic filing systems are all part of both professions, in some degree. In that sense, both of these positions complete many similar tasks in a doctor’s office or medical clinic, so it’s the differences between the two that spotlight the distinction between a Medical Office Specialist and Medical Assistant.
Medical Assistants often perform clinical tasks that Medical Office Specialists do not. While Medical Assistants and Medical Office Specialists performs many – if not all – of the same front-desk duties, Medical Assistants also often go back into the treatment rooms with patients and handle some of the clinical duties under the supervision and direction of the doctor.
As a result, Medical Assistants are required to learn additional terminology and should have a better grasp on a doctor’s vocabulary. It’s important to note that a medical assistant is a different position than physician assistant, Medical Assistants do not require the same medical knowledge as a PA. While our MA and MOS career training programs are similar, there are distinct differences between the two.
Both career paths have an upward-facing job outlook, and both are vital to the proper functioning of any medical office. Which position appeals more to you is a personal decision, but one that we can help you make. Schedule an appointment today to discuss training programs, and career options, for both Medical Assistants and Medical Office Specialists. Admissions Officers at Ayers can answer any questions you have about both professions, and can help you get started on the path to the best career for you!
Learn more about our Medical Assistant program, or our Medical Office Assistant program and then contact us today by filling out the form you see on the top of this page. Or, if you prefer, you can call us at 1-800-317-0131 or stop by our campus in Shreveport. We can’t wait to help you get started!
DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131