This 420 Clock hours (22.0 Credit Units) program is designed to give students the basic knowledge and skills necessary to work as an entry-level Medical Assistant in a health care setting. Emphasis is placed on both front office administrative skills as well as back office clinical skills.
The administrative portion of the Medical Assistant program emphasizes the “front office” skills required in a health care setting, while the Clinical portion of the course is designed to prepare the student to work in a clinical environment in a hospital, doctor’s office or medical clinic and includes a 160, 4 week externship.
Certified Medical Assistant duties may include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistant collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory test on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.
The program is 12 weeks long which includes:
260 Hours of Theory
160 Hours Externship/Hands on Training