Do you have to be good at Math to be a Medical Assistant?

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Whether or not you need to be good at math in order to become a Medical Assistant is a question I've seen many times.

The truth is that you don't have to be a math genius - there is no need for you to become an expert in complex mathematical theory if you want to pass your MA exams, on the other hand it would help if you want to beat the hospital's Interns in their Tuesday poker game :)

But don't get me wrong... there are some basic concepts with math that you will need to learn in order to pass your exams, and do your job well.

In general, you will need to have passed tenth grade math, or be capable of doing so, in order to cope with the kinds of things you'll need to be able to do on a day to day basis as an MA.

Some of the types of issues that you will be facing your exams could be:

  • The Metric System - math is actually easier in Metric, which is why it's used throughout science and healthcare.
  • Fractions & Percentages - EG If a patient needs 1 CC of medication per Kilogram of body weight, and they weigh 220 pounds, how many CCs do they need?
  • Basic Algebra - don't worry if you don't already know this, it will be part of your course and it's easy to follow.
  • Statistics - again, you only need the basics, like if 1 in 5 people need to get a blood test, then how many out of 80 people will need it?

Here's a tip for you: although you'll need to know how to do metric conversions in your exams, in actual work you can use your smart-phone apps to help you with the calculations and conversions - that's what I do.

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