Limited X-Ray Medical Assistant: Career Diploma Summary

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Interested in a career as a radiography assistant? Then a limited x-ray medical assistant diploma may be right for you. Typical coursework includes anatomy, physiology, ethics and law of medicine and clinical pharmacology. Read on to find out more about this diploma program.
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What is a Limited X-ray Medical Assistant Diploma?

A limited x-ray medical assistant diploma starts with a foundation in medical administrative assisting and adds a specialization in radiography. Upon completion of the diploma program, you will be able to assist physicians and medical groups with a number of different tasks, including x-ray specific tasks.

Skills You Will Learn

During a limited x-ray medical assistant diploma program, you will learn how do perform administrative assisting tasks such as performing electrocardiographs, creating x-ray images of the chest and limbs, phlebotomy, taking vital signs, and secretarial office tasks such as scheduling and greeting patients.

Coursework Involved in a Limited X-ray Medical Assistant Diploma

Typical coursework for this diploma includes:

  • Basic Clinical Care Procedures
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Radiological Science
  • Ethics and Law of Medicine
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Why Get a Limited X-ray Medical Assistant Diploma?

Anyone who wants to work with x-rays must first pass a licensing test that demonstrates proficiency in the operation of x-ray equipment. A diploma in the field ensures that you have the training and experience to pass the test, and gives you an edge over others in applying for positions as a medical assistant.

What Can I do with a Limited X-ray Medical Assistant Diploma

Those with this diploma go on to assist physicians and technicians in clinical operations that have to do with radiography, as well as provide basic administrative support in healthcare settings. X-ray medical assistants work in private practices, imaging centers, hospitals, orthopedics and chiropractic clinics.

Career Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts a robust future for medical assistants of all kinds. Demand for this occupation is expected to grow much faster than the national average until at least the year 2014. The median annual income of medical assistants was around $25,500 in 2004.

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