- Works under the supervision of chiropractors
- Assist physical examinations
- Perform clinical and administrative duties
A chiropractic assistant works under the supervision of chiropractors to provide a wide variety of therapeutic treatments, which can include heat, water and ultrasound therapies. They perform preliminary exam procedures, take case histories, operate medical equipment, take x-rays, take specimens and perform lab tests. Chiropractic assistants may specialize by working in practices that deal with specific populations, such as the elderly and children.
Chiropractors rely on assistants during physical examinations and may help lift and turn patients undergoing treatment. While assistants usually perform more clinical duties, some also perform clerical tasks associated with medical records and appointments. They may do bookkeeping and billing, process insurance forms, and speak with patients about the chiropractic medicine and nutrition.
A great chiropractic assistant will have administrative skills, people skills and medical assisting abilities. Many chiropractic assistants work part time hours so that they can pursue a higher degree. In the Los Angeles area, chiropractic assistant career growth is projected to grow.
Requires a degree in:
- Medical Assisting
- Administrative Medical Assistant
- Certified Nurse Assistant
- Working well with patients or clients
- General office skills
- Lifting, supporting, and moving patients
- Knowledge of chiropractic procedures
- Computer literacy