Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers particularly for those with formal training and certification according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Increases in our aging population, the need for more support personnel in the expanding group practices, clinics, and healthcare facilities are reasons for the increasing need for medical assistants. Our medical assisting program prepares individuals to function in a physician’s office or health care facility performing both business administration and clinical medical skills. Administrative aspects of the program of instruction include correspondence, medical records management, insurance coding and billing, and appointment scheduling. Clinical aspects of study include preparation of the patient for and assisting with physical examination and treatment, measurement of vital signs, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, routine laboratory testing and procedures including blood drawing, spirometry, and performing electrocardiography. Electronic medical records are utilized for administrative and clinical aspects of the program. Medical assisting offers many opportunities for advancement. Certified medical assistants can advance to office manager, clinical supervisor or a variety of administrative positions.
The medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, tel. 727-210-2350.