Health assistants work in an office greeting patients, answering phones, filing medical records and completing insurance forms. They may also perform minor invasive procedures to withdraw blood and administer certain drugs and vaccines, as well as conduct standard tests in the lab. Health assistant certificate and diploma programs are available at several 2-year schools. Students can specialize as a school health assistant or mental health assistant.
Coursework is typically centered on office administration skills, technology, medical terminology and patient care skills. There are a few prerequisites to meet prior to enrollment, including a high school diploma or equivalent, eligibility to work in the United States, and possibly a minimum age requirement. In addition, students should have the ability to work around difficult patient care situations.