The Medical Assisting Diploma is designed
to bridge the gap between the traditional
nurse in the physician's office and
the medical secretary. This diploma
prepares graduates for a position in
the medical office in a clinical capacity.
In addition to clinical and basic laboratory
procedures, students learn current medical
technology, medical codes, and other
skills necessary to excel in the healthcare
industry. Upon completion of a Diploma
in Medical Assisting, students will
have taken a variety of courses related
to the healthcare field. Courses include
Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology,
Phlebotomy, and other Medical Lab classes.
Students will also qualify to sit for
national certification as a Medical
Assistant (CMA), Phlebotomy Technician,
and EKG Technician. To ensure a well-rounded
medical assistant, the Medical Assisting
program covers medical insurance and
coding, medical transcription, and medical
bookkeeping as it relates to the medical
office. Call us today at(770) 381-7200 or complete the "Request
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"Medical assistants are
projected to be one of the fastest
growing occupations over the 2004-14
"Employment is expected to grow by 31% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations."
"Most employers prefer
graduates of formal programs in
of medical assistants in the rapidly
growing health care industry will
further stimulate job growth."
CS 102 Introduction to PCs
CS 204 Microsoft Office Word/Excel
CS 205 Microsoft Office PowerPoint/Access
DT 103 Medical Transcription
EN 111 College English
EN 221 Composition
MS 101 Medical Law & Ethics
MS 102 Medical Terminology
MS 103 Pharmacology
MS 104 Medical Bookkeeping
MS 105 Medical Lab Procedures I
MS 107 First Aid & CPR
MS 109 Medical Insurance & Coding
MS 112 Anatomy & Physiology
MS 205 Medical Lab Procedures
MS 207 Phlebotomy
MS 208 Diseases
MS 215 Medical Lab Procedures
MS 220 Externship -- 240 Hours
MT 103 Business Math
OP 221 Professional Development/Office
SP 201 Introduction to Public Speaking
TP 111 Keyboarding/Typing I
TP 112 Keyboarding/Typing II
"Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of health practitioners running smoothly."
Also from the Department of Labor:
What Medical Assistants Do
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.
Medical assistants typically do the following:
Take patient history and measure vital signs
Help the physician with patient examinations
Give patient injections as directed by the physician
Schedule patient appointments
Prepare blood for laboratory tests
Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing medical assistants' jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information online. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses.
Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.
Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician's supervision.
In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.
Administrative medical assistants often fill out insurance forms or code patients’ medical information. Some assistants buy and store supplies and equipment for the office.
Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They might have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for x rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings.
Some medical assistants specialize in a specific type of medical office.
Ophthalmic medical assistants and optometric assistants help ophthalmologists and optometrists, respectively, provide eye care. They show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses. Ophthalmic medical assistants also may help an ophthalmologist in surgery.
Podiatric medical assistants work closely with podiatrists (foot doctors). They may make castings of feet, expose and develop x rays, and help podiatrists in surgery.
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