The Medical Assisting Program can take you from school to work in one year. The curriculum prepares multi-skilled healthcare professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures. For the ambitious, PCC offers an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting (AAS-MA) degree. Many of PCC’s Medical Assisting Diploma graduates continue their education by attending courses offered at night while working during the day. Once graduates have earned an AAS-MA degree, they are eligible to apply to become a Certified Medical Assistant, nationally recognized credentials.
The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on office location, size, and specialty. Medical assistants perform many duties including, but not limited to: taking medical histories and recording vital signs, preparing and assisting physicians with patients for examinations, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens and testing, performing sterilization procedures, updating medical records, transcribing physician’s dictations, handling billing, bookkeeping, and insurance, scheduling appointments, drawing blood, preparing patients and performing basic x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures, and administering medications per physician’s orders.
What skills will I learn?
Taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. You will learn to collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. A Medical assistant’s skills include instructing patients about medication and special diets, preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician, authorizing drug refills as directed, drawing blood, preparing patients for x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures, and changing dressings.
Medical assistants also perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and bookkeeping.
What job opportunities will I have?
Medical assistants can seek employment in physician’s offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, diagnostic and surgery centers, hospitals, and various other healthcare facilities.
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly-growing healthcare industries will result in fast employment growth for the occupation.
What tools or equipment will I be exposed to?
Medical Assistants work with a wide range of equipment. You will be trained to use EKG machines, laboratory equipment, sterilization equipment, pulmonary function machines, casting equipment, suturing tools, minor surgical tools in the clinical component.
In the clerical component portion you will be exposed to modern computer equipment and software, transcription equipment, simple and complex phone systems, appointment scheduling systems and books, accounts payable/receivable software and journals, medical records filing systems.
With additional training what other kinds of jobs could I get?
Medical assistants may be able to advance to office manager. They may qualify for a variety of administrative support occupations, or may teach medical assisting. Some, with additional education, enter other health occupations such as nursing and medical technology.
To enroll contact Admissions.