Medical Assisting Program

The Medical Assisting Program offers an Associates of Science Degree in:

  • Medical Office Assisting 
  • Medical Administrative Assisting

Students can also earn a Certifcate of Achievement in:

  • Medical Office Assisting
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Evaluation Assistant

Click here for a Program Packet

 

Prerequisites

Students must complete English 90 or place in English 92 or higher

    OR complete ESL 160 or place in ESL 170.

Students must complete Math E or place in Math 840 or higher.

Job Description

Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clincal duties.  Duties vary from office to office depending on the location, size, and specialty.

Administrative duties may include:

  • Typing, transcription, and computer applications
  • Greeting patients and answering telephones
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Coding and completing insurance forms

Clinical duties vary by state but include:

  • Taking medical histories and vital signs
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Assisting the physician during examinations
  • Authorizing prescription refills
  • Giving injections
  • Performing electrocardiograms and selective laboratory test
  • Drawing blood

Visit the American Association of Medical Assistants web site for more information about the profession of Medical Office Assisting.

 

Job Demand

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers with an expected growth of 34 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Approximately 62 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices; 13 percent work in public and private hospitals including inpatient and outpatient facilities; 11 percent work in other health practictioner settings, such as chiropractor's and optometrist's offices.