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Medical Assistant Diploma Program Overview
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.
Medical Assistant Training Class
Hands-on learning includes:
- Patient care and communication
- Clinical assisting and pharmacology
- Medical insurance, bookkeeping and health sciences
- Cardiopulmonary procedures
- Laboratory procedures
- Endocrinology and reproduction
- Therapeutic care
Upon completion of the required coursework, students participate in an externship.
Medical Assistant Career Opportunities
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:
- Clinical or Administrative Assistant
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Insurance Biller
- Medical Office Assistant
- Medical Records Clerk
- Medical Transcription
- Medical Office Management
- Medical Assistant
- Clinical Assistant
- Outpatient Surgery Assistant
- Optometric Assistant
Programs may vary by campus. Please refer to the school catalog available at the campus in your area for specific program information.
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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures
For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the
Thornton Program Disclosures.
The Medical Assistant diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Medical Assistant diploma program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of March 18, 2016. Although the program is on probation, currently enrolled students and graduates are still eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants and/or the Registered Medical Assistant certification examination through American Medical Technologists. If you have any questions regarding this notification, please direct all inquiries to the school's Executive Director, Carissa Seger.
Completion rates for this program*:
For those full-time students who enrolled in this program July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013,
fewer than 10 students completed for the enrollment cohort. The completion percentage has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.
The completion rate data presented here is calculated using the following assumptions:
- The Enrollment Cohort includes all students who started in a program for the first time during the enrollment cohort (financial aid award year, “FA AY”). Re-entries are not considered a “start” in the enrollment cohort (FA AY) if they attended the program in a previous enrollment cohort (FA AY), regardless of how long it has been since their prior attendance.
- The enrollment cohort excludes any students that died, if applicable. The enrollment cohort does not exclude permanently disabled students who were unable to continue on at least a half-time basis.
- Students are considered completers if they became a graduate in the program. Students with any status other than graduate are considered non-completers.
- These calculations use the federal financial aid definition of full-time, and less than full time (number of credits) to determine the cohort the student’s completion information will be calculated in. The number of credits the student is enrolled in on the student’s first day of attendance is used to determine the student’s status. As such, students are considered full-time if they are taking 12 credits or more, and considered less than full time if they are taking less than 12 credits. All modular students are considered full time.
The following calculations are used to display completion information based on the students FT or less than FT status:
- (# of full time students in enrollment cohort (“EC”) who completed within 100% program length) / (# of full-time students in EC)
- (# of full time students in EC who completed within 150% program length) / (# of full-time students in EC)
- (# of less-than-full-time students in EC who completed within 200% program length) / (# of less-than-full-time students in EC)
- (# of less-than-full-time students in EC who completed within 300% program length) / (# of less-than-full-time students in EC)
- These disclosures reflect completion percentages for the enrollment cohort (by financial aid award year, July 1- June 30) that will provide the most recent group of completers for the longer of the two completion percentages. Specifically, we select the most recent enrollment cohort (FA AY) for the full-time students to have had enough time to complete 150% of their program length; and, we select the most recent enrollment cohort (FA AY) for the less than full-time students to have had time to complete 300% of their program length. As such, enrollment cohorts may vary dependent on program length.