Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2010 as the health services industry expands as a result of technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. It is one of the fastest-growing occupations. The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to train students to acquire satisfactory skills and demonstrate competency in a variety of medical office procedures and laboratory techniques under the direct supervision of a physician. The medical procedures and lab techniques include injections, EKGs, vital signs, urinalysis, phlebotomy, assisting in minor surgery and emergency situations. Front office skills include patient data collection, scheduling patients, answering phone inquiries, insurance claims processing, bookkeeping, billing/collection, keyboarding, transcription, word processing and computer billing. These skills are evaluated utilizing error control and speed-building reviews. This skill and knowledge enhancement will enable the graduate, upon completion of required coursework, to further develop his or her career as a medical assistant through an externship in a clinic, laboratory, physician's office or hospital. Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students will be qualified to assume entry-level positions as medical assistants performing the medical procedures, lab techniques and front office duties described above. They will understand the use of Universal Precautions, OSHA Regulations, HIPAA Requirements, Confidentiality, and the Legal Aspects of the Allied Health environment.
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