The Role of The Certified Medical Assistant in the Management of Rheumatic Diseases

Certified Medical Assistant

The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) provides clinical and administrative support to the health care team. The CMA interacts directly with patients under the direction of a provider (Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant).

What Does the Certified Medical Assistant Do?

A CMA may provide administrative and clinical support by:

  • Performing computer-related tasks
  • Answering telephones
  • Greeting patients
  • Updating and filing patient medical records
  • Preparing patients for exam, take vital signs
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Drawing blood
  • Administering medications as directed

Where does the Certified Medical Assistant work?

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private practices

What kind of training does the Certified Medical Assistant have?

  • A CMA has completed an accredited training program that includes human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, office practices, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and laboratory procedures. They must also complete an on-the-job training practicum
  • CMAs are credentialed by certification exam
  • Duties are at the direction of the provider (Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant)

This information is provided for general education only. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment of a medical or health condition.