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Program Description

This program is designed to teach qualified students the necessary skills required for gainful employment in the modern medical facility. A qualified medical assistant is capable of performing a wide range of duties, with a variety of technical detail. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for national certifications through the Medical Career Assessments (MedCA). These certifications include Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET).

Program Overview

The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare the graduate for entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant in a medical office, clinic or other related medical facilities. Students are instructed in various topics including patient processing, patient confidentiality procedures, performing various duties such as taking vital signs, drawing blood, performing basic EKGs as well as other related tasks. Certification is recommended but not required to work in the field.

Medical Assistant Overview

Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks designed to keep medical offices running smoothly.

The duties of a Medical Assistant vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the medical practice and the practitioner’s specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are seen as “generalists,” handling both administrative and clinical duties concurrently, reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other healthcare practitioner. Those in larger practices tend to specialize in just one area, usually clinical, under the supervision of department administrations (head nurse, office manager, lead physician, etc.).

Medical Assistants are trained to perform administrative duties that include: answering telephone, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services and handling billing and bookkeeping.

Clinically, a Medical Assistant’s duties vary according to state law and regulations. They can include: taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for examinations and procedures, and assisting the physician during examination. They can also collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform basic laboratory testing, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical equipment They can instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by physician, authorize drug refills as directed, draw blood specimens, prepare patients for x rays and special examinations, take EKG’s, remove sutures and staples and change wound dressings.

Medical Assistants are also responsible for arranging and stocking medical examining rooms, maintain supplies and equipment, and maintain patient flow.

Course Listing

Module Lesson Lecture Hours
MAA003 Medical Terminology 45
MAA004 Medical Law and Ethic 20
MAA015 Anatomy & Physiology 46
MAA016 Pathology & Disease 30
MAA006 Medical Administration 20
MAA005 Health Psychology 20
MAA017 Pharmacology 20
MAA014 Medical Documentation 20
MAA009 Computers in the Medical Office 30
MAA001 Infection Control & Asepsis 35
MAA002 General Patient Care 30
MAA003 Surgical Procedures and Specialty Practices 40
MAA004 Medical Emergencies and CPR 30
MAA005 Medical Laboratory Procedures 30
CD001 Career Development 6
EXTRN – MAA Externship 300
Total 720