Medical Assisting - AS Degree - Associate Degree at Central Florida College
The Medical Assistant, a vital member of the health care team, is expected to perform clinical and administrative duties in a medical office. At Central Florida College, theory and practical training prepare the program graduate to apply for entry-level medical assistant positions. The medical assistant is trained to carry out clinical procedures such as vital signs, routine office-lab procedures, basic office diagnostic procedures, EKG, preparing the patient for physical exams and assisting the physician with those exams and to apply health-illness-health concepts. The medical assistant may help the physician with minor surgical procedures and can use proper aseptic techniques. The medical assistant can demonstrate knowledge of pharmaceutical procedures, medication administration, medical terminology, and familiarity with applicable OSHA regulations. The medical assistant is expected to effectively handle administrative office procedures including typing, computer operation, transcription, filing, billing, scheduling, and insurance claims. Associate of Science Degree participants take general and related education courses. Completion of these courses allows the graduate to apply advanced decision-making, communications, and management skills in various capacities as a Medical Assistant. The graduate can demonstrate various employability skills and can apply appropriate medical ethics to all areas of the job.