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Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to care for patients as well as maintain office records. Students receive advanced-level training in diagnostic and procedural coding, transcription, along with clinical experience.

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

Duties of a medical assistant can include , measuring vital signs, performing routine laboratory tests, operating x-ray and electrocardiograph equipment, assisting the doctor during examinations, obtaining referral and surgery pre-authorizations, transcribing patient encounters scheduling appointments and surgeries, preparing and maintaining medical records and ordering supplies.

Employees in the medical assistant field must be flexible and prepared to adapt to changes that occur in the health industry, such as procedural code revision or software and equipment updates.

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant AAS degree, students will:

  • Be prepared as competent entry-level Certified Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Be prepared to successfully complete the Certified Medical Assistant Exam.
  • Be provided the opportunity to meet education and career goals through quality education.
  • Be prepared as capable entry-level Certified Medical Assistants to meet the needs of the regional health care industry.
  • Be committed to lifelong learning and to providing quality healthcare.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org