The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for an entry-level position in the medical assisting field. Curriculum will provide students with opportunities to develop multi-faceted competencies necessary in assisting the physician and other healthcare personnel in the examining room in clinics, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, government health departments, or other medical facilities. Laboratory and clinical skills are emphasized. Students may apply their classroom knowledge to actual work experiences while on externship at the College-approved healthcare facility. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Lower Division Certificate. Graduates of this program may perform basic medical office skills such as charting, keyboarding, answering the phone, and scheduling patients; taking and recording vital signs; assisting the physician in physical examinations, minor surgeries, and EKGs; becoming involved in patient teaching as necessary; implementing techniques and knowledge of sterilization and disinfection; and performing laboratory testing with a knowledge of normal and abnormal results. Graduates may demonstrate a basic knowledge of pharmacology; the importance of practicing and enforcing Standard Precautions and maintaining patient confidentiality; and the skills necessary for clerical and secretarial duties.
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