Medical Assisting, AS Degree - Associate Degree at North Florida Institute
The Medical Assistant, a vital member of the health care team, is expected to perform clinical and administrative duties in a medical office. At North Florida Institute, theory and practical training prepare the 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 is trained to 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 computer keyboarding and operation, filing, billing, scheduling, and insurance claims. The graduate can demonstrate communications and employability skills and can apply appropriate medical ethics to all areas of the job.