Clinical associates help medical facilities improve operating procedures and policies in the short term and long term. They ensure that such procedures are adequate and conform to state and federal laws.
A clinical associate updates clinical documentation and recommends improvements in clinical procedures and processes. She also reviews emergency situations and escalates to a local health-care provider situations outside the scope of her expertise.
A clinical associate generally has a bachelor's degree in a scientific field. Employers often require senior clinical associates to hold professional licenses, such as registered nurse designations.
A clinical associate must have customer service skills and health-care experience. Basic knowledge of computer software, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, is also required.
In 2010, the median annual income of a clinical associate was $62,000, according to the career information website Indeed.
A clinical associate's chances of promotion depend on his performance and skill set. An apt and competent clinical associate can become a senior clinical associate within a few years.
A clinical associate works Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2016 Salary Information for Medical Assistants
Medical assistants earned a median annual salary of $31,540 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, medical assistants earned a 25th percentile salary of $26,860, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $37,760, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 634,400 people were employed in the U.S. as medical assistants.