Medical Assistant

Occupational Associate Degree

The objective of this program is to provide students with thorough training and options in the administrative and clinical functions of an office in the health care industry.  Emphasis on medical theory/applications and medical terminology are combined with strong business and clerical background to meet the requirements of professionals and industry. The program offers training in preparing patients for examinations, conducting important tests, sterilizing vital instruments, or assisting in minor surgeries.  Graduates can expect entry level employment as a Medical Clinical Assistant.

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Program Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge of medical terminology
  • Gain knowledge of the human body, including cells, tissues, organs, and systems
  • Gain knowledge of the cardiology, the respiratory system, and digestive system
  • Learn First Aid procedures including certification in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver
  • Gain knowledge of orthopedics; musculoskeletal systems
  • Gain knowledge of urology, renal system, and Hematology
  • Learn how to take vital signs, preparing patients for physical exams, sterile technique, and venipuncture
  • Learn how to do ECG
  • Learn how to use eye and ear drops and to do throat cultures
  • Learn how to collect specimens
  • Learn how to take blood pressures and blood tests such as hemoglobin, hematocrit, sedimentation rate, blood counts
  • Prepare for the National Certified Medical Assistant exam
  • Prepare for the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam
  • Acquire the ability to use comprehensive medical management software program for medical offices
  • Develop knowledge of sources of drugs, drug standards and legislation, pharmaceutical preparations, sites of drug actions, physiological responses to drugs and drug classification