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MHC (9be - 2)

Medical Titles - Explanations (9be - 2)

Certified Medical Assistant (or Registered Medical Assistant) Works in doctor's office and must be able to assist in exams, draw blood, and do office work. [Certificate or associate's degree.]
Certified Nursing Aide Trained to work with nursing home patients. Sometimes will work in hospitals. Being replaced in hospitals by patient care technicians. [Certificate (usually four to 12 weeks).]
Emergency Medical Technician Provides emergency care away from a hospital setting. Advanced EMTs become paramedics. [EMTs can receive certification in as little as four to six weeks, while paramedics usually have associate's degrees.]
Licensed Vocational Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse Supervised directly by a registered nurse. May do most procedures if adequately trained and allowed by the facility. Must have an RN countersignature to administer blood products. [Certificate (usually less than a year).]
Medical Doctor Varies depending on specialty. May diagnose and prescribe medicines. [Doctorate (eight to 12 years).]
Medical Examiner Primarily required to pronounce a person dead or decide if a case warrants an autopsy. [In some rural locations, none.]
Medical Lab Technologist Performs lab tests and phlebotomy (draws blood). [Certificate or associate's degree.]
Nurse Practitioner Assists physicians. May write orders and diagnosis under the supervision of a physician. [Master's degree.]
Occupational Therapist Assists patients in recovering daily activity skills. [Usually master's degree.] (Not to be confused with OT assistant.)
Physician's Assistant Assists physicians. May write orders and diagnose under physician's supervision. [Usually Master's degree.]
Physical Therapist Helps patients recover lost motor function due to illness or injury. [Master's or Doctorate degree.] (Not to be confused with PT assistant.)
Registered Health Information Technician Manages the medical records. Can involve insurance coding and transcription. [Associate's degree.] (Formerly ART – Accredited Record Technologist)
Registered Nurse Performs nursing tasks and administration. Oversees LPNs and is responsible for patient maintenance. [Associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree, or doctorate.]
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapist Respiratory care and treatments to include blood gas and ventilator management. [Certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree.]
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