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In recent years, the medical assisting profession has become indispensable to the health care field. Not only have physicians become more reliant on medical assistants, but they may also be employed by medical centers, medical specialty clinics, medical transcription agencies, laboratories and emergency rooms.
Medical Assistants have become an important part of the health care team and their responsibilities continue to expand.
The Medical Assistant diploma program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as medical assistants in a variety of health care settings. Students learn the structure and function of the major body systems in conjunction with medical terminology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, computer skills, administrative processes, bookkeeping and accounting practices, and the processing of medical insurance forms and claims.
You will learn how to maintain a high quality of patient care; take vital signs, run laboratory and diagnostic tests, all while utilizing your organization, communication and management skills. Upon graduation, you should have the skills to seek entry-level employment in a clinic, doctor's office, medical centers or surgical center.
Hands-on learning includes:
Upon completion of the required coursework, students participate in an externship.
Since Medical Assistant diploma students are educated in both administrative and clinical procedures, they are capable of filling a variety of entry-level positions, including:
Programs may vary by campus. Please refer to the school catalog available at the campus in your area for specific program information.
* Schedules subject to change. Program versions may vary by campus. Please contact the campus for current programs and schedules.
* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.
The completion rate data presented here is calculated using the following assumptions: