If you are interested in a career as a chiropractic assistant, you should possess strong communication and administrative skills. A high school diploma or equivalent with experience is usually required, and postsecondary programs in chiropractic or medical assisting are available.
Chiropractic assistants usually help chiropractors working in private offices. Some of their duties include checking patients in and out, doing medical billing and coding, and answering phone calls. They need skills in management and technology, along with a basic knowledge of healthcare and medical terminology. Although a high school diploma can be enough to work as a chiropractic assistant, individuals can enroll in a postsecondary education program in the field or pursue certification. Some employers additionally require work experience with typing skills.
|Required Education||High school diploma; optional completion of a postsecondary program in chiropractic or medical assisting|
|Other Requirements||Work experience|
|Certification||Optional certification for career advancement|
|Projected Job Growth||23% from 2014-2024 (all medical assistants)*|
|Median Salary (January 2016)||$27,748 annually**|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com
Chiropractic Assistant Job Duties
Chiropractic assistants' duties include keeping a chiropractic office in line throughout the business day. This might include registering arriving patients, checking out departing patients, managing patients' files, checking in and out chiropractic equipment and supplies, maintaining billing and coding, recording vital signs and answering phones. Some other smaller duties may include the following:
- Maintaining and keeping track of office supplies
- Verifying insurance
- Sorting mail
- Transferring patients
- Maintaining an orderly work area
- Laundering towels and gowns used in the office
- Maintaining other inventories
Chiropractic Assistant Requirements
All chiropractic assistants should have strong verbal and written communication skills and a proven track record from past employers for job attendance.
Chiropractic assistants are required to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Some offices also require a year of previous experience in a medical or chiropractic environment and a minimum words-per-minute typing speed.
There are many chiropractic assistant postsecondary education programs throughout the United States, which can help an individual obtain a position within an office. These programs are dedicated to teaching students how to think critically and organize both themselves and an office. Subjects include anatomy, physiology, business, medical terminology, recording vital signs and chiropractic history.
There are several certifications chiropractic assistants often earn, which can assist in obtaining positions and higher pay. Some of the certifications include a Certified Chiropractic Assistant, Chiropractic Assistant Advanced and Chiropractic Assistant Basic. Training in a related field, such as physical therapy, can sometimes be applied to a job as a chiropractic assistant.
According to Payscale.com, chiropractic assistants made a median salary of $27,748 per year as of January 2016.
Chiropractic assistants work in practice offices, where they are responsible for office organization and administrative duties, as well as attending to patients. A high school diploma and work experience in a medical setting is typically required, and postsecondary programs can help chiropractic assistants understand medical terminology and business basics. Certification is available in this field, and demand for all medical assistants, including those who work in chiropractic offices, is strong and predicted to grow by 23% from 2014-2024.