The Medical Assistant program prepares the learner for employment in ambulatory health care settings, such as a physician's office or urgent care clinic. Graduates are prepared with entry-level skills necessary to be a confident, knowledgeable medical assistant. Medical assistants are considered a valuable member of the health care team. In addition to taking Medical Assistant courses to learn clinical skills, students take course work from the Office Systems program to learn the necessary administrative and clerical competencies to succeed in a variety of health care settings. Medical assistants care for patients by providing routine treatment and performing laboratory or office duties. Typical duties include scheduling and greeting patients; insurance billing and coding; managing and maintaining medical records; obtaining and recording vital signs; interviewing patients to obtain medical histories and chief complaints; and assisting with examinations. Under a physician's direction, a medical assistant may administer medications; perform venipuncture; assist in collecting samples for lab analysis; perform standard laboratory tests; and assist in minor sugery and wound care. Employmnet as a medical assistant is very favorable and is expected to continue to grow by 31% for the period 2010-2020. This is a much faster rate of growth than the average for all occupations.
Medical Assisting is a career choice well suited for those who enjoy helping others, are detail-oriented, and are looking for a career that is in demand across the nation.
Students interested in the Medical Assisting program may choose from a variety of options. A certificate program as well as an Associate of Technical Studies degree is offered and students may choose day/evening and full-time/part-time options.
To get started with Medical Assisting at Edison Community College, contact Heather Young, Program Director, for more information.