Medical Assistant Diploma Program
The Medical Assistant program prepares graduates to provide a blend of clerical and clinical services to physicians and other medical personnel. Students are taught a basic educational foundation for becoming a medical assistant in today’s healthcare industry. Upon completion, graduates could be qualified for entry-level positions in physicians’ offices, medical centers, medical billing offices and hospitals.
Program length – 10 months
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The Medical Assistant program instructs students in both clerical and clinical skills. Classes include instruction on taking vital signs, drawing blood, maintaining patient records, billing and other skills related to patient care. The curriculum also includes courses to help you develop communication and critical thinking skills. The program includes a 160-hour externship designed to gain hands-on experience, following the completion of all required course work.
Medical assistants work under the supervision of a nurse, doctor or other healthcare provider. They are typically responsible for tasks like taking vital signs, administering medication, drawing blood, scheduling, billing, assisting with minor surgical procedures and performing laboratory tests. During a patient’s visit, they are often the first and last contact a patient has with the staff.
Medical assistants can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices and nursing homes.
With an aging population which continues to increase, the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry will also rise. Stautzenberger College can prepare you to join this exciting and in-demand field. Demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 14% with 262,100 new job openings though 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16