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Medical Assistant Program

Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform routine administrative and clinical duties in clinics, doctor offices, and other health care agencies. Medical assistants are multi-skilled in areas of medical office organization, patient care management, and health navigation.  Specific duties vary by medical setting depending on the location, specialty, and size of the office/clinic. The Medical Assistant program provides students with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors required for entry-level positions as a Medical Assistant.
 
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assistant duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.
 
Medical assistants are expected to have good job prospects. Nationally, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
 
An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will also need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.