The Medical Assisting program prepares students to perform administrative and clinical tasks to assist the physician in many areas of the medical practice. The duties of medical assistants may vary from administrative duties to clinical care and treatment of the patient. Students will learn to take and record medical histories and vital signs, administer medication, sterilize instruments, assist with minor office procedures and handle patient emergencies. In the laboratory area, students will learn to obtain blood samples and perform routine laboratory procedures. In the administrative area, students will learn to update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Additional administrative duties may include answering phones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and billing. Prior to completion of the course of study, students will complete a two hundred twenty-five (225) hour practicum in a medical setting.
Upon completion of program requirements, the student will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting and will be eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. Required enrollment in MAT 228R: Medical Assistant CCMA Review Course in conjunction with or following the completion of MAT 229: Medical Assisting Practicum is essential to prepare for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam.