The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job of assistant practitioner, or medical assistant, will be one of the fastest-growing through 2018. The median annual wage in May of 2008 was £18,395. Assistant practitioners work in hospitals, clinics and private practitioner offices.
An assistant practitioner assists the nursing staff and practitioner in caring for patients through planning, delivering and evaluating medical care.
An assistant practitioner provides customer service to patients and helps the office run smoothly. He may perform clerical duties, consult with patients under the direction of the physician, and collect a patient's medical history. He may also prepare examination rooms, dispose of used supplies and sterilise equipment. In some states, with proper courses and examinations, assistant practitioners may be able to give injections or take X-rays.
Education and Skill Set
An assistant practitioner holds either a certificate or associate degree. Some of the coursework for the degree program includes anatomy, medical terminology, insurance processing, first aid, accounting and medical transcription. Assistant practitioners deal with the public and should have excellent customer service and people skills.