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Many people who are new to the healthcare environment aren’t sure what they’re expected to bring with them to work versus what their employer provides for medical assistant equipment. It’s a bit tricky to answer because every practice is different. Some employers will give you everything, right down to your shoes, while others may reimburse you for purchases. In some cases, the responsibility for purchasing most equipment is on you. As you prepare to embark on your new career, here’s what you need to know about common medical assistant equipment.
While every employer is different, some equipment will always be provided for practical reasons. Here’s a list of the equipment that your employer should provide when you start to work with them.
These are just a few of the small pieces of equipment that will, in most cases, be provided by your employer. However, there are a few things that your future employer generally won’t provide, and you will need to purchase them yourself.
While a lot of your medical assistant equipment will be provided, there are a few things that may be too inconvenient or expensive for employers to provide to all of their staff members. There are five things that you will likely use in your daily duties as a medical assistant that your employer may not cover.
|Scrubs||A Watch with a Second Hand||Nonslip, Closed-Toe Shoes||Penlight||Badge Holder or Lanyard|
|Scrubs are a staple for medical assistants, though it’s best to wait to purchase them until you’ve chosen your employer. Some medical providers will work with supply companies to get you discounts for purchasing your scrubs. Your employer may also have color or embroidery requirements that you’ll want to follow.||Timing is everything in healthcare but watches with second hands aren’t as common as you think. Many watchmakers omit this hand for a cleaner appearance, but then it’s not useful for medical assistants who must keep precise time. A watch with a timer or a second hand is ideal.||All healthcare environments will have specific requirements related to footwear—in most, if not all, cases, shoes should be closed-toe and non-slip. This is another one where you may want to wait until you’ve chosen your employer, as they may have access to discounts. They may also have specific criteria relating to color and shoe style.||Medical assistants may need to examine a patient’s mouth, throat, or eyes, and a penlight can be useful for providing additional light. These are very inexpensive, usually costing under $10.||Hospitals and medical offices are secure environments, so you’ll typically be expected to wear an identification badge. A badge holder or lanyard will make this a lot more convenient. Some employers provide them, though some medical assistants choose to get more sophisticated ones.|
These items are the main medical assistant equipment that you’ll be expected to bring yourself—almost everything else that you’ll need will be provided for you. That’s usually great news for individuals entering the healthcare field for the first time.
At Bay Area Medical Academy, we provide all the basic medical assistant equipment plus the scrubs and stethoscope you’ll need to start your career. Offering this equipment helps our students more seamlessly enter the healthcare field. To learn more, contact an admissions representative.
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