Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession whose practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform many administrative and clinical procedures. The business administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients; obtaining patients’ data; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls, correspondence, reports, and manuscripts; assuming responsibility for office care; and handling insurance matters, office accounts, fees, and collections. The clinical duties vary according to state law and may include preparing the patient for examination, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, performing routine office laboratory procedures and electro-cardiograms, preparing and administering medications and immunizations, sterilizing instruments and equipment for office procedures, and instructing patients in preparation for x-ray and laboratory examinations. Both administrative and clinical duties involve purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment. A medical assistant may also be responsible for personnel and office management. Both Administrative and Clinical Duties involve using computer applications.
This is an 11 month certificate program consisting of classroom work and clinical experience. Students are required to complete all course work with a grade of “C” or higher. Successful completion of the certificate program (45 hours) entitles graduates to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Examination (CMA AAMA). The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB’s).