If you enjoy working with people, are detail oriented, have good communication skills, and seek a career in the health care field, the Medical Assistant program could be a good match for you.
Medical assistants help physicians by providing patient care, obtaining vital signs, and assisting with examinations and minor office surgery. Medical assistants also administer injectable medications and perform basic diagnostic testing (e.g. EKGs). They instruct patients about tests, procedures, and treatments. Besides patient care skills, medical assistants also perform administrative and laboratory functions:
- Schedule appointments
- Maintain paper and electronic medical records
- Perform bookkeeping
- Complete insurance forms
- Perform medical correspondence
- Collect specimens
- Prepare lab specimens
- Perform basic laboratory tests
As a graduate of the program, you are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistant national certification exam. Upon successful completion of this test, you can use the title Certified Medical Assistant [CMA (AAMA)]. The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, phone 727-210-2350.
There is a strong demand for people who are trained for clinical and administrative duties. This could be an excellent career area for you!