Medical Assistant Diploma Program
The Medical Assistant diploma program provides students with a basic educational foundation for becoming a medical assistant in today’s healthcare industry. Upon completion, graduates could be qualified for entry-level positions in physicians’ offices, medical centers, medical billing offices and hospitals.
Program length – 10 months
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The Medical Assisting program instructs students in both clerical and clinical skills. Classes include instruction on taking vital signs, drawing blood, maintaining patient records, billing and other skills related to patient care. The program also includes courses to help you develop communication and critical thinking skills. The program requires a 160-hour externship designed to help you gain hands-on experience, following the completion of all required course work.
Medical assistants work under the supervision of a nurse, doctor or other healthcare provider. They are typically responsible for tasks like taking vital signs, administering medication, drawing blood, scheduling, billing, assisting with minor surgical procedures and performing laboratory tests. During a patient’s visit, they are often the first and last contact a patient has with the staff.
Medical assistants could work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices and nursing homes.
Demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 14% though 2024.1 With an aging population which continues to increase, the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry will also rise. Rockford Career College can prepare you to join this exciting and in-demand field.
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16