In recent years, the medical assisting profession has become indispensable to the health care field. Not only have physicians become more reliant on medical assistants, but their services are also being requested by hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, as well as medical supply businesses, home health agencies, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Medical assistants have become an important part of the health care team and their responsibilities continue to expand as the need for their services grows. The objective of the Medical Assisting Program is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as medical assistants. Since medical assistants are trained in both administrative and clinical procedures, they are capable of filling a variety of entry-level positions: including clinical or administrative assistant, medical receptionist, and medical insurance biller. This training program is divided into eight learning units called modules. Students must complete modules A, B, and C starting with any module and continuing into modules D, E, F, through G on campus, five hours a day, four days a week. Upon successful completion of modules A through G, students participate in 160 clock-hour Externship. Students must complete the externship training within 1 to 3 month time period. Completion of the Medical Assisting Program is acknowledged by the awarding of a diploma. Program completion normally requires 32 weeks for full-time students.
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