Medical assistants work alongside physicians in outpatient or medical offices, hospitals, and clinics. Medical Assistants are trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties, including helping physicians with patient exams, taking vital signs, such as blood pressure, preparing samples for lab tests, and updating patients’ medical records.
Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continued increase in demand for medical services has led to increased need for medical assistants. Due to this growth in demand, medical assistants will be needed to conduct administrative and clinical duties in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and varied healthcare settings.
The responsibilities of medical assistants may vary depending upon location, specialty, and practice size, and usually involve recording patient history and information, taking vital signs, assisting physicians with examinations, giving patients injections or medications, scheduling appointments, preparing samples for lab tests, and entering patient information into medical records. The Medical Assisting program prepares students to perform both administrative and clinical tasks, including patient reception, health records management, billing, and payment processing, and in addition, students gain skills to perform clinical tasks such as assisting with minor surgery, taking vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, performing EKG, obtaining health history, specimen collection, administering first aid, and other related tasks commonly performed in a physician’s office or other outpatient healthcare setting.
The Medical Assisting program is a Stackable Credential program with all credits transferring into the A.S. in Healthcare Administration.
Medical Assisting Certificate Program – Topics include:
- Lab Procedures
- Electronic Health Records
- Preparing Patients for Exams
- Medical Coding and Insurance Forms
- Medical Terminology and Definitions
- Basic First Aid and CPR
- Diagnostic Tests
- Medication Classifications
- Medical Office Procedures
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Regulations, Legislation, Ethics, and Compliance
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