Medical Assisting

Introduction

A medical assistant performs clerical and/or clinical duties for physicians in their office or other medical settings.  Programs completion requires approximately one (1) year.

Duties/ Responsibilities

Clerical duties may include scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, handling telephone calls, and assuming responsibilities for billing, collections, and insurance claims.  Clinical duties may include preparing patients for examination and/ or treatments; obtaining blood pressure, pulse and temperature; administering medication; assisting the physician in the examination; performing phlebotomy, medical laboratory procedure, and electrocardiograms.

Employment Opportunities

A well-trained support staff is a tremendous asset to any clinical, medical, or dental setting.  Skilled personnel are needed in a variety of areas such as physicians and dental offices, long-time-care facilities and hospitals, and medical insurance companies.

Career Opportunities

  • Secretary
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse

Employment Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow twenty-nine percent (29%) from 2016 to 2026.  Medical assistants are expected to have good job prospects; however, those who earn certification and have familiarity with electronic health records (EHRs) may have better job prospects.

Length of Program

The entire program requires 1300 hours to complete.

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