Medical Assistant Technical Standards

It is your responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of  your chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding Medical Assisting at the O*NET website.

Motor

  • Apply general care & emergency treatment to patients
  • Help lift patients who may be unable to move themselves to and from the examination table.
  • Lift and move objects routinely (50 pounds or more )
  • Manipulate mechanical and patient care equipment.
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Work standing on his/her feet 80% of the time.
  • Have full use of hands, wrists and shoulders involving the coordination of muscular movements, equilibrium, and sensation.

Cognitive Domain

  • Read and comprehend written instructions, patients’ charts, and other written material.

  • Perform basic arithmetic calculations
  • Demonstrate sufficient analytical and critical thinking skills to provide quality patient care in keeping with professional standards of the MA profession.
  • Function safely, responsibly and effectively under stressful situations including medical emergencies.

Communication

  • Possess sufficient communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written) to interact with others.

  • Be able to hear and observe clinical staff and patients in order to accurately assess vital signs, elicit information, perceive nonverbal communications, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and recognize and respond to an emergency situation.
  • Possess appropriate interpersonal communication skills to interact positively with all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
  • Apply the principles of confidentiality, respect, and discretion.
  • Affective Domain (Social/Emotional): The MA student must:
  • Demonstrate professional attributes including accepting responsibility and accountability for actions in the medical office setting, a positive work ethic that includes showing up to class and clinic on-time and being emotionally and academically prepared to carry out the days assignments in a professional manner.
  • A student must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility, and be able to function as a team member in the delivery of patient care. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values.

It is your responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of your chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding Medical Assisting at the O*NET website.