The Difference Between a Medical Assistant and an LPN

The two most common types of healthcare professionals are medical assistants and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Here is a quick overview of the key differences between these two professions:

Medical assistants are limited in scope to perform administrative tasks such as charting, taking medical histories, and entering data into electronic medical records. They are not licensed to provide direct patient care and must work under the supervision of a doctor or nurse practitioner.

LPNs are licensed professionals who have completed an accredited nursing program and are certified in basic life support (BLS). They have the authority to provide direct patient care and are responsible for providing leadership and direction in the care of patients and the delivery of healthcare services. LPNs are typically found working in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and Home Health Agencies.

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