Medical Assistant (MA) Program Overview

This program prepares students for certification as a medical assistant (CCMA). Primarily in an ambulatory setting (medical office, clinic, urgent care center), medical assistants support both clinical and office duties by assisting physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The program consists of: academics, skill building, clinical placement and certification opportunities.

Our learning environment simulates real medical office space and procedures where students will learn how to assist in a complete physical exam, prepare and administer medications, assist in minor surgery, collect blood and other specimens, perform laboratory and other diagnostic tests, and prepare and maintain a clean, safe environment.

Content Areas:

 

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Clinical Patient Care, Coordination and Education
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Health Information Systems
  • Testing and Laboratory Procedures
  • Phlebotomy
  • ECG and Cardiovascular Testing

Helpful Experience/Skills

 

  • Active listening
  • High reading comprehension
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment
  • Organize, conduct, and complete multiple tasks
  • High emotional intelligence

Future Opportunities

Employment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019, bls.gov), the average pay for medical assistant is reported as $16.73/hour. Growth of medical assistant employment opportunities is 23% - much faster than average for all occupations.

Post-secondary Education/Training

 

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physician