Medical Assistant

General Function

Assist physicians and nurses by gathering basic medical statistics and preparing patients for examinations

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Take brief medical histories and vital signs of patients (blood pressure, height, weight, explanation of visit, etc.) and prepare them for examinations.
  • Assist physicians and nurses with exams (taking notes, handing instruments).
  • Perform routine laboratory procedures, give injections, and draw blood (phlebotomy).
  • Perform basic clerical duties such as answering phones, filing, light typing, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Nurse Supervisor

Direction Given: None

Minimum Requirements

Requires a high school diploma or GED and at least 6 months experience in a medical setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must obtain applicable certification within 120 days after employment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of basic medical routines and terminology
  • Knowledge of standard office and record keeping procedures

Working Conditions

Physical effort usually requires considerable walking, standing, and lifting of materials weighing 25 to 50 pounds. Somewhat unpleasant working conditions and health hazards.

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

Functional Title

Medical Assistant

Job Code


Classification Series

Medical Support




Student Health Service


Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013