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Medical Assisting

If you’re caring and compassionate and want a career that can be both personally and professionally gratifying, medical assisting could be just what you’re looking for! As a Medical Assistant, you form a crucial link between the patient and the physician. The Medical Assisting program will train you in the knowledge and skills required to be a successful healthcare team member. Students learn communication techniques; medical terminology; infections control; anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical responsibilities, clerical/medical office duties such as maintaining filing systems, use of Electronic Medical Records, professional telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, and patient care. Training includes, but not limited to, administering injections/medication administration, phlebotomy, performing electrocardiograms (EKGs), assisting patients in preparing for examination, diagnostic laboratory procedures, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, collecting specimens, and assisting physicians in minor treatments and basic X-ray procedures.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course #

OCP

Course Name

Hours

HSC0003

A

Basic Healthcare Worker (Health Core)

90

MEA0002
MEA0501

B

Introduction to Medical Assisting
Medical Office Procedures

250
75

MEA0521

C

Phlebotomist, MA

75

MEA0543

D

EKG Aide, MA

75

MEA0581
MEA0530
MEA0573
MEA0506
MEA0942

E

Clinical Assisting
Pharmacology for Medical Assisting
Laboratory Procedures
Administrative Office Procedures
Practicum Experience

230
90
125
90
200

TOTAL HOURS

1300

Hours

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Clinical hours vary

Cost

Approximately $6,034
Medical Assisting Fee Sheet

What You’ll Learn

  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Safety and Security Procedures
  • Infection Control
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clerical/Medical Office Duties
  • Medical Terminology
  • Processing Medical Documents
  • Recognize and Respond to Emergency Situations
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • IV Therapy
  • Basic X-ray Procedures
  • Pharmaceutical Principles
  • Professional work habits
  • Practicum Experience

Employment Opportunities

  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Insurance Billing
  • Laboratory Assisting

According to O’Net Online, jobs for medical assistants are expected to grow 33% in Florida between 2014 – 2024.

Career Ready Skills

  • Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
  • Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
  • Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
  • Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  • Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
  • Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
  • Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
  • Use technology to enhance productivity.
  • Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Industry Certifications

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assisting (CCMA)

Instructor

Steps to Enroll

Prospective students must be 17 years of age or a high school graduate or its equivalent by the first day of class and meet minimum admission criteria for Medical Assisting. Once accepted, the student is required to have a physical, immunizations, drug screen, and background check.

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Meet with an admissions specialist
  3. Take the TABE test, if applicable
  4. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  5. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  6. Provide appropriate residency documents
  7. Complete application packet
  8. Pay application fee