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.
CCC Medical Assistant Program
Coffeyville Community College is now offering the Medical Assistant program. Students will attend daytime classes. The program is a one-year certificate program with an optional 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 is $24,610.
1 Year Certificate Program
21k to 28k per year average salary
Experienced, 32k per year salary
The Coffeyville Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)..
25400 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763