Medical Assistant

Description

The Medical Assistant certificate program teaches medical office organization, patient care management, and health navigation.

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Program Information

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.

Students are advised to attend full-time to become successful in the field. Students not able to attend on a full-time basis are asked to speak with an advisor or the Medical Assistant Program Director to develop a schedule that will help with their overall success as well.

Medical assistants are expected to have good job prospects. Nationally, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030. 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 medical 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.