As professional Medical Assistants, our graduates can work in private physicians' offices and may have a combination of administrative and clinical responsibilities. Medical Assistants are often found in clinics, hospital admissions, patient records and insurance departments. Graduates of this program may perform duties in both the administrative and clinical areas of a doctor's office, clinic or other medical facility. Some graduates may specialize in either clinical or administrative duties, but most perform duties in both areas. Specific duties may include assisting the physician with exams and minor surgery, administering medication, performing electrocardiographs, phlebotomy, minor laboratory procedures, taking vital signs, interviewing patients for medical histories, medical record documentation, reception duties, insurance billing and bookkeeping duties. The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills and work habits required for entry-level positions in the healthcare field. This program includes instruction in both the clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting, anatomy and physiology, and CPR certification. Graduation is acknowledged by awarding a diploma upon completion of the program. Our students will have the opportunity to practice the skills they learned in class during their externships. This program at the Midland campus will assist students in preparing for the Nationally Registered title of Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) exam sponsored by the National Association for Health Professionals. Students without a high school diploma or GED will not be eligible to take the NRCMA exam. This program at the Midland campus will assist students in preparing for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam sponsored by the American Medical Technologists. Students without a high school diploma or GED may not be eligible to take the RMA exam. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of this catalog for further guidance."
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