Health Careers

Medical Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, &

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants help doctors by performing a variety of clinical and administrative duties.

Work Environment: employed by physicians offices, health maintenance organizations and other medical settings. Work around doctors, nurses and other personnel and may supervise medical secretaries and clerks.

Salary: $19,000- $27,000

Academic Requirements: Education is available at community colleges and leads to a certificate/diploma or an associates degree. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Certification is not mandatory but some employers may require it.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners provide comprehensive health promotion services to clients, evaluate presenting problems at the clients contact with the primary care system, and provide continuing care to clients with acute illness and stable chronic illness.

Work Environment: Employed at a variety of clinical settings, family practices, health maintenance organizations, student health services, occupational health clinics, home health service, rural clinics, child adolescent, adult and geriatric sites, community clinics health departments and hospitals.

Salary: $45,000-$90,000

Academic Requirements: Nurse practitioners are RN's who go on to complete graduate or post-master's certificate nurse practitioners programs. Must earn American Nurses Credentialing Center certification by examination and apply to the joint NC Board of Nursing and NC Board of Medical Examiners Committee.