What is a Medical Assistant?
A Medical Assistant, according to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), is a medical professional who is responsible for working alongside physicians in outpatient and ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. The AAMA attributes the growth of Medical Assistants in the U.S. to a number of factors, including:
- A predicted increase in the number of outpatient care facilities and physicians’ offices
- Technological advances in the medical field
- A growing number of elderly Americans (i.e., the Baby Boomer generation)
Regardless of whether they are performing clinical or administrative tasks, Medical Assistants help keep physicians’ offices running smoothly. Further, whether working for a general physician, chiropractor, optometrist, or dermatologist, the job of a medical assistant involves working under the direct guidance, supervision, and instruction of a physician.
In smaller practices, Medical Assistants often handle both administrative (clerical) and clinical duties of the office. In larger practices, it is typical for Medical Assistants to specialize their work in a particular area. In larger practices, it is also typical for multiple Medical Assistants to be under the direct supervision of a department or practice administrator.
- Approximately 9-month program plus an additional externship
- Affordable, payment plans available
- Train to become an essential worker
- High demand
- Textbooks included in cost
- Convenient hours
Medical Assistant Program
Medical Assistant Program consists of up to 460 hours of training: approximately 165 hours of classroom/theory; 135 hours of hands-on skills-lab; and 160 hours in an externship/practicum. Students will be trained in the following administrative and clinical areas: using computer applications; answering telephones; welcoming patients; updating and filing medical records; coding and filling out insurance forms; scheduling appointments; arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services; handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping; taking medical histories; explaining treatment procedures to patients and their families; preparing patients for examination; assisting the patient care provider during exams; collecting and preparing laboratory specimens; performing basic laboratory tests; instructing patients about medication and special diets; preparing and administering medications as directed by a licensed medical provider; transmitting prescription refills as directed; drawing blood; taking electrocardiograms; removing sutures and changing dressings; equipment sterilization. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will qualify to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.
Career opportunities for Medical Assistants
Medical Assistants can work in a variety of settings, including:
- Ambulatory Health Care Services
- Chiropractors’ Offices
- Family Medicine Practices
- Health Care Practitioner Offices
- Health Centers
- Hospital Facilities
- Medical Laboratories
- Medical Offices
- OB/GYN Practices
- Outpatient Care Facilities
- Physicians’ Offices
- Podiatrists’ Offices
- Walk-In Clinics