UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8265 (SEIU Local 925 Clerical Nonsupervisory)
8710 (WFSE HMC)

BASIC FUNCTION

Perform duties required to assist health care professionals in the examination and treatment of ambulatory patients such as preparation of patient and environment for treatment, conducting basic laboratory and electrocardiogram tests, care of the patient post-treatments, patient education, and clerical reception functions.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, assist health care professionals in the delivery of direct patient care in an ambulatory patient care setting.

TYPICAL WORK

Schedule routine and special procedures such as sigmoidoscopy, joint aspiration, surgical biopsy, amniocentesis, and lumbar puncture; prepare patients for and assist health care professionals with the procedures;

Monitor patient's condition following procedures;

Recognize emergent/urgent problems and provide basic telephone screening;

Observe and document in the medical record the patient's physical and emotional condition and vital signs; recognize and report symptomalogy of common medical illnesses to physician or nurse;

Perform procedures including ear irrigation, urethral catheterization, sterile dressing changes;

Perform basic laboratory examinations, venipuncture, and 12-lead electrocardiogram including rhythm strips, pregnancy testing, and throat cultures;

Recognize and report abnormal laboratory values and radiology reports to physician or nurse;

Present portions of the pre- and post-procedure patient education sessions;

Prepare and assist during patient examinations;

Monitor patient flow in clinic to assure efficient clinic operations;

Schedule new and return appointment; use computer system to check patients in and out of clinics;

Prepare medical record for clinic visit and document information to complete patient check-in process (or note patient cancellation/failure);

Complete billing documents verifying the correctness of charges and that diagnoses have been obtained; respond to patient billing questions referring as necessary to appropriate source;

Verify presence of medical records and x-rays prior to scheduled appointments; request existing records and x-rays as necessary;

Transport patients and lab specimens;

Order medical and clerical supplies; stock examination rooms;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

Completion of a Medical Assistant course accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants or the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA);

OR

high school graduation or equivalent AND one year of experience providing direct patient care in a health care setting

OR

equivalent education/experience.

New Class: 5-17-74
Revised Title/Class: 8-3-90

CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05