Medical Assisting

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Medical Assisting Program is an accredited 1,300-hour program which MTC has offered for over 17 years, employing many Medical Assistants throughout our area. The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants and meets the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines. The program combines lecture, in classroom hands-on skills practice, and a mandatory 200-hour externship in local physician offices and clinics. Upon successful completion of the program students are eligible to take a National Certification Examination that is required for employment in this field. Medical Assisting boasts a 99% pass rate on this examination and job placement is 91%.

COURSES:

Basic Healthcare Worker HSC0003

Introduction to Medical Assisting MEA0002
(Prerequisites: HSC0003)

Medical Office Procedures MEA0501
(Prerequisites: HSC0003 and MEA0002)

Phlebotomist, MA MEA0521
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, and MEA0501)

EKG Aide, MA MEA0543
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, MEA0501, and MEA0521)

Clinical Assisting MEA0581
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, MEA0501, MEA0521, and MEA0543)

Pharmacology for Medical Assisting MEA0530
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, MEA0501, MEA0521, MEA0543, and MEA0581)

Laboratory Procedures MEA0573
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, MEA0501, MEA0521, MEA0543, MEA0581, and MEA0530)

Administrative Office Procedures MEA0506
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, MEA0501, MEA0521, MEA0543, MEA0581, MEA0530, and MEA0573)

Practicum Experience MEA0942
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MEA0002, MEA0501, MEA0521, MEA0543, MEA0581, MEA0530, MEA0573, and MEA0506)

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK:

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to do both administrative and clinical duties. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties. Assistants will likely continue to be used in place of more expensive workers, such as nurses, to reduce costs.*

SALARY RANGE:

In the state of Florida, medical assistants may earn between $21,630 and $37,770 per year.**

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Standard career and technical program admission procedures (see MTC catalog)
  • Participation in an information session
  • Additional program requirements, if applicable
  • High school diploma—standard or GED is required
  • High school transcript required

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:

Upon completion of all program requirements, the student earns a Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Successful completers of this accredited program are eligible to take either the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification examination through American Medical Technologists.

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida  33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida  33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To view the Medical Assisting Program itemized costs sheet, please click here.


 

 

 

 

 

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