Why go to MSC?

Mountain State College
1508 Spring Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
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Email - admin@msc.edu 

Phone 800-841-0201 or 304-485-5487 
Fax 304-485-3524

Medical Assistant

A medical assistant earns more than money – you will feel the fulfillment and satisfaction available in few other career fields.  Mountain State College can give you specialized training through a curriculum that provides hands-on experience along with practical knowledge – all in a highly-stimulating program that covers the entire spectrum of health care services.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting will be one of the fastest-growing occupations for the next several years.

Mountain State College can train you for a productive career working in health care facilities.  It’s a field for those who, with the appropriate skills, enjoy working in an environment requiring a great deal of public contact.

The Medical Assistant Program

The objective of this program is to provide our graduates with thorough training in the administrative and clinical functions of an office in the health care industry.  Emphasis on medical theory and applications with medical terminology is combined with a strong business and clerical background.  This, coupled with relevant computer applications, mold you into a valuable medical assistant ready to meet the requirements of the health care industry.

Medical assistants perform many administrative duties, including answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patients’ medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, handling billing and bookkeeping.

Clinical duties vary according to state law and include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination.  Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.  They instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.

Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.

Learning both clinical and administrative skills allows you to work in almost any setting that you desire!

Through the National Center for Competency Testing, Mountain State College graduates can become a National Certified Medical Assistant and/or a National Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Making it work

Mountain State College maintains a Career Services Office. The Director of Career Services assists all students in their job search.

Classes start soon and class sizes are limited. Financial Aid (grants, loans and work-study) are available to qualified students. The college also assists with many part-time employment opportunities. Use our Response Form to get more information about our programs!

For more information, contact the Admissions Department at 304-485-5487 or out-of-area dial 1-800-841-0201, Monday through Friday. Complete our response form for additional info here! E-Mail us at MSC at admin@msc.edu.

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