Medical Assistant, Student Health Center

Job description

Medical Assistant, Student Health Center

Job Number:1129
Position Status:Full-time regular
Location:San Diego
Position Type:University Wellness, Staff

Position Title & Department:

Medical Assistant, Student Health Center Posting #


University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The university seeks an individual with a strong interest in working at a mission driven, faith-based institution. The role of a medical assistant (MA) in working with students and the responsibilities of the position are significantly tethered in the university's contemporary Roman Catholic mission.

The MA performs a variety of medical procedures at a skilled professional level in caring for the students of the University of San Diego. The MA provides essential support service to the physicians, NP’s, PA’s and RN’s by screening patients, and assisting with exams and procedures. Will also assist front desk with patient check-in, check-out, and appointment scheduling. Performs related tasks as required.

Periodically, this position may be asked to contribute to either ad hoc or ongoing division/campus projects outside the scope of their day-to-day activities. Receives supervision from the Office Manager and direct clinical supervision by the Nursing Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Assess patient’s chief complaint and obtain vital signs.
  • Assist on duty RN in performance of all necessary opening and closing procedures.
  • Respond to phone calls from students who have medical questions. Obtain guidance from RNs, NPs, PA’s or MDs in clinic as needed.
  • Care for students requiring immunizations, first aid and/or routine illnesses not needing a registered nurse, physician or nurse practitioner’s attention.
  • Instruct and prepare patients for examination and diagnostic procedures.
  • Assist in examination and special procedures to include, but not limited to: injections, diagnostic procedures, minor surgery procedures (i.e. removal of stitches),and other special tasks; phlebotomy skills HIGHLY desirable.
  • Assist and/or implement the referral process, provide patient education, advise patient on self-care, needed follow up and suggested behaviors as directed.
  • Maintain the stock, cleanliness and utility of exam rooms, equipment and work areas. Must assure the sterility and safe handling of supplies and equipment. Is responsible for the maintenance of properly functioning equipment.
  • Ability to handle emergent and/or potentially critical situations with speed, accuracy and diplomacy.
  • Know correct procedure for all medical paperwork and electronic health record including, but not limited to, lab work and log sheets, immunization program, drug screening, and special lab tests.
  • Familiarized with duties of front office to provide backup support for Administrative Assistant as needed (i.e.: telephone protocol, appointments, computer access etc) to insure smooth operation of Health Center.
  • Must assure patient privacy at all times and maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Must assure the protection of self, patients, and co-workers from undue exposure to contaminated waste and hazardous materials.
  • Blood borne pathogen trained
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of an accredited training program for Medical Assistants and any related credentials.
  • CPR certificate

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a medical assistant desirable.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Performs all duties in an accurate, thorough, and efficient manner.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Is able to organize workflow to meet the needs of the patient flow.
  • Is able to adjust the workflow to meet the most critical needs first.
  • Understands and follows USD and SHC policies.
  • Understands and displays good general medical knowledge.

Interpersonal Relationships:

  • Has good interpersonal skills and is able to communicate effectively at all times.
  • Works well with family members, patients and other non-medical personnel.
  • Adheres to the highest medico-legal standards of clinical practice.
  • Works as a team member, demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills with SHC team.
  • Upholds the mission of University of San Diego at all times.

Work Habits:

  • Shall maintain a clean, neat and professional appearance at all times.
  • Consistently meets assigned work schedule.
  • Observes appropriate conduct standards.


  • Is motivated and shows ambition in performing job duties.
  • Recognizes and completes needed projects.
  • Uses information systems to solve problems and answer questions.


  • Shows emotional stability.
  • Deals with difficult situations in a calm and effective manner.
  • Knows when to bring a medical problem to the attention of the Nursing Coordinator, Office Manager, Supervising Physician and/or Director.

Special Conditions of Employment: Upon hire and throughout employment, must meet the criteria for credentialing and privileging as required by the Student Health Center.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

$22.00 - $24.00 per hour; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:Resume Required, Cover Letter Preferred:Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review. You are also strongly recommended to upload a cover letter to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]
Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised:May 22, 2019 Pacific Daylight Time
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Posted: 5/23/2019
Application Due: 7/8/2019
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