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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 More Information" form at the top right corner of the page.

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Here's what the Department of Labor says!

"Medical assistants are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2004-14 period."

"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 medical assisting."

"Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly growing health care industry will further stimulate job growth."

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Course Listing
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 Procedures
SP 201 Introduction to Public Speaking
TP 111 Keyboarding/Typing I
TP 112 Keyboarding/Typing II

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 81.0

This program is also offered as an Associate Degree.

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"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.

Duties

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.

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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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Call us today at (770) 381-7200 or complete the "Request More Information" form on the left side of the page to take the next step towards your new career in the Medical Field.

 

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