The Medical Assisting Program is structured to prepare students to provide patient care in physician’s offices, minor emergency centers, long-term care facilities, and other types of free-standing medical clinics. In the clinical role, the medical assistant provides assistance to the physician during assessment and examination of patients, treatment interventions, and in-office diagnostic protocols. Students in this program will learn to perform physical assessments, take medical histories, take and record vital signs, administer medications, assist with diagnostic procedures, take electrocardiograms, interpret life-threatening arrhythmias, perform venipuncture, and interpret basic laboratory results.
Driving the growth in this field is the increasing number of medical practices, clinics and other healthcare facilities that utilize a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants, who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.
Medical assistants interact with the public; therefore, they must be neat and well groomed, have a courteous and pleasant manner, and have excellent communication skills and respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.
The median annual earnings are $16.00 per hour or $33,500.00 per year.