The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills and work habits required for entry-level positions as Medical Assistants. The computer technology and word processing facets of the curriculum enhance the student's potential for placement. Prior to graduation, students are required to complete a 160-hour externship program at a local clinic, physician's office, hospital, HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) or other allied health facility. This program will assist in preparing students for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam sponsored by American Medical Technologists. In some cases, field experience may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Graduates of this program may perform tasks assigned or delegated by a supervising physician, such as administering injections, vital signs and EKGs; assisting in minor surgical procedures; basic accounting procedures; and fundamentals of charting and documentation. Graduates may also perform venipuncture in a medical situation.