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Difference Between a Medical Assistant and a Medical Administrative Assistant

Both medical assistants and medical administrative assistants play important roles in healthcare settings. They both work with patients and help ensure that a medical office or care facility runs smoothly, so it’s easy to get these two very similar-sounding job titles confused. However, there is actually a significant difference between the two. Read on to find out what makes the career fields unique.

Beyond the Basics: Tips, Trends, and Ideas for Your Future

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Professions that Fall Under Allied Health

Many professions exist in the field of allied health, such as nurses, administrators, pharmacists, and technicians—all doing their best to use evidence-based practices to help patients ...
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Allied Health Career Salary Guide

While your career focus may be the biggest factor in your expected earnings, it’s certainly not the only one. Factors that help shape healthcare salaries include job title, employer, education, location, and experience ...
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The Importance of Healthcare School Accreditation

Find out about healthcare school accreditation, and avoid costly mistakes in your choice of schools ...
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10 Jobs You Can Get with a Healthcare Administrator Degree

Today's healthcare delivery system faces enormous challenges. Here are 10 healthcare admin jobs that focus on skills and education to keep things running smoothly ...
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What’s the Difference Between a Medical Assistant and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Both CNAs and medical assistants take on support roles that help their healthcare facilities run smoothly, but they're supporting different healthcare professionals ...
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How to Get Into Healthcare with a Business Degree

Want to use your business degree in a healthcare setting? Here are opportunities beyond patient care that will put your business skills to work ...
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Pharmacist vs. Pharmacy Technician

Despite working side by side, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have different education backgrounds, job responsibilities, and salaries. Here's how they differ ...
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Radiology Technologist vs Ultrasound Technician: What’s the Difference?

Radiology technicians and ultrasound technicians both work in high-touch, high-technology fields with a growing demand, but there are some key differences ...
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Tips for Building a Successful Medical Billing Business at Home

If you are interested in doing medical billing at home, here are some steps you can take to get your business up and running ...
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7 Reasons to Become a Medical Biller and Coder

Healthcare organizations are always in need of billers & coders who can adapt. Here are 7 good reasons the field is in such demand in the industry ...
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Medical Assistant Interview: One Graduating Student’s Journey to How She Achieved Her Dream Career

Jonnye Baker describes going back to school as an adult learner to become a medical assistant ...
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What’s the Difference Between a Medical Assistant and a Medical Administrative Assistant?

Medical assistants and medical administrative assistants both work with patients and ensure that a medical facility runs smoothly, but there is a significant difference between the two ...
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What’s the Difference Between a Certified Medical Assistant and a Registered Medical Assistant?

A CMA and an RMA perform the same duties and can apply for the same roles. The biggest difference is the educational background and training each require ...
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New Help Picking the Right Program for You

A new federal regulation requires schools to tell you whether their program will qualify you to work in the state you live in ...
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What’s the Difference Between Radiologic & Nuclear Medicine Technologists?

What's the Difference Between Radiologic & Nuclear Medicine Technologists? Compare two popular medical imaging roles and learn which is for ...
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Health Informatics: Why is it Different from Other Healthcare Tech Degrees?

Health informatics is a career where technology can improve the way health data is collected, stored, processed and communicated ...
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Dental Assistant vs. Dental Hygienist: What’s the Difference?

Here’s a breakdown of some key differences between dental assistants vs. dental hygienists ...
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Physical Therapist vs. Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants perform many of the same basic responsibilities but some key characteristics set them apart ...
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What is Medical Imaging?

Medical imaging technology plays an important role in today’s health care system, but what is it and what roles does it encompass? ...
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What’s the Difference Between an Occupational Therapist & a Physical Therapist?

Both occupational therapists and physical therapists do vital hands-on rehabilitative work to help patients with injuries or disabilities that limit how they’re able to move and function in daily life. Which is right for you? ...
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What’s the Difference Between a Surgical Assistant & Technician?

Although the titles of surgical technologist and surgical assistant are sometimes used interchangeably, there are significant differences between them ...
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What’s the Difference Between a Healthcare Technician & Healthcare Technologist?

Here's a rundown on healthcare technician and technologist roles, how they differ, and how they are similar. For sure, you have many career options to choose from ...
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Medical Biller and Coder vs. Medical Transcriptionist

Here's how medical transcriptionists and medical billers & coders play a vital role in keeping the health care system running smoothly ...
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Medical Assistant vs. Physician Assistant: What’s the Difference?

Short and sweet, a medical assistant is more of an entry- to-mid level role, while a physician assistant performs advanced duties with a practicing physician ...
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Top 5 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant

If you're just starting out, or thinking about a career change, here are five good reasons to consider becoming a medical assistant ...
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Hottest Healthcare Careers for 2021 and Beyond

Some jobs in the allied health field are taking off faster than others. Find out which ones—and what it takes to become one ...
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What’s a Certified Nursing Assistant? Top 5 Duties of a CNA

As a certified nursing assistant, or CNA, you'll work under the supervision of nurses to deliver high quality care to patients. ...
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What’s the Difference Between a Dental Assistant & Dental Hygienist?

Is there a difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist? Yes. Learn which one is right for you ...
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Here Are the Top 5 Reasons to Become a Dental Hygienist

If you've thought about becoming a dental hygienist, here are five reasons to reap the rewards of the profession ...
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12-Month Healthcare Programs

If you've got a year or less and are looking to start a new healthcare career, we've got some options for you ...