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Medical Assistant Program, A.A.S.
A Medical Assistant is one of the most versatile of all the allied health professionals. Graduates find positions in physicians’ offices, medical centers, clinics, hospitals, armed services, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. The program is designed to enable graduates to do both administrative and clinical/laboratory techniques.
Students in the program acquire the knowledge and necessary techniques to prepare patients for examinations and to assist the physician in performing not only routine medical procedures but also electrocardiography, audiometry, urinalysis and hematological tests.
Courses in medical terminology, keyboarding, medical correspondence and medical office management, prepare the student to conduct business and administrative duties.
Directed Practice is an integral part of the curriculum as senior students participate in a 15-week, externship program that requires a working experience in physicians’ offices or other health care facilities.
Graduates may elect to take a national examination given by the AAMA to become Certified Medical Assistants.
As a student in this program, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and techniques to prepare patients for examinations and to assist physicians. Medical Assistants are trained to perform tasks in three major areas of the medical office: 1) administrative tasks, including medical transcription, insurance billing and coding, and medical record maintenance, 2) patient care tasks, including taking patient histories and vital signs, and 3) assisting with the performance of diagnostic procedures and treatments, and basic laboratory testing, including the collection and performance of waived laboratory tests. The Medical Assistant program includes a 15-week externship working experience in a physician’s office or other health care facility.
This program is designed for students planning to enter the workforce immediately, and for those looking to upgrade skills or change direction. It awards the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and prepares you for transfer to a four-year college if you choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Advantages of Taking the Program
Medical Assistants often choose to work in physician offices without weekend, shift, or holiday work. Of course, positions with more varied hours may also be available at clinics or hospitals.
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the CMA certification examination. Medical assistants can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to professionalism by earning the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential.