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Medical Assistant Students

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Program

A medical assistant is a multi-skilled professional who combines clinical and administrative responsibilities to assist in all aspects of medical practice in a physician's office, hospital, clinic, government agency or laboratory.  Clinical functions include: taking vital signs, charting patient information, recording medical histories, performing routine tests and applying dressings.  Administrative duties include: scheduling appointments, billing and maintaining patient files.

"Medical assistants have become essential to providing a professional and comforting atmosphere for patients," said Christopher Damon, Executive Director of American Medical Technologists.  "Their commitment to patient care is critical in today's healthcare setting."

Certified medical assistants are certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants and must pass an exam and have the required education and experience to receive this professional certification.

Curriculum

  • Human Body in Health and Disease, 3 credit hours
  • Medical Professional Issues, 2 credit hours
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, 1 credit hour
  • Insurance Billing and Coding, 3 credit hours
  • Patient Care I, 4 credit hours
  • Phlebotomy Essentials, 3 credit hours
  • Medical Terminology, 3 credit hours
  • Patient Care II, 4 credit hours
  • Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, 5 credit hours
  • Pharmacology for Allied Health, 3 credit hours
  • Pharmacology Administration, 1 credit hours
  • Medical Administrative Aspects, 4 credit hours
  • Medical Assisting Externship, 6 credit hours

Medical Assistant Curriculum Guide and Course Descriptions

CCC Medical Assistant Program

Coffeyville Community College is now offering the Medical Assistant program.  Students will attend daytime classes.  The program is a two year associate degree program which includes practical experience through an externship.  Students learn to measure and record vital signs, take medical histories, administer medications, sterilize instruments, assist with minor office surgeries and emergencies.  Students will also learn phlebotomy, how to perform routine office laboratory procedures and electrocardiograms and instruct patients in preparation for x-ray and laboratory procedures.  Students will learn several administrative procedures which include scheduling and receiving patients, handling telephone calls, typing correspondence, reports, manuscripts, processing insurance forms, insurance coding and managing office accounts, fees and collections.

The program costs approximately $5,000.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average annual income of medical assistants in $24,610.