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Medical Assisting Program

The 10 month program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The eight-unit program consists of seven classroom modules where students learn the structure and function of the major body systems, medical terminology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, computer skills, administrative processes; and one externship module, where students practice medical assisting procedures in a healthcare setting. Successful completion will allow the student to take the national certification exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate appropriate terminology use for body systems, illnesses, injuries, and procedures.
  • Perform clinical responsibilities and identify and assist in minor surgical procedures.
  • Execute administrative procedures and demonstrate computer skills.
  • Maintain accurate patient records, bookkeeping, banking, and financial transactions.

Employment Prospects:

Employment for medical assistants is expected to increase by 34 percent through 2018, which translates into a projected 647,500 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As doctors become more reliant on medical assistants for their front and back office skills and the healthcare industry expands due to technological advances, medical assistants will continue to be in high-demand. The medical assisting profession is an ideal entryway into primary care and optimal for multitaskers with dexterous and organized personalities. The Medical Assistant (MA) Certificate Program will equip you for entry-level work as a clinical or administrative assistant, medical receptionist, or medical insurance biller.

Job Responsibilities:

Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical duties in outpatient healthcare settings, such as medical offices, ambulatory care providers, clinics, urgent care centers, medical supply businesses, home health agencies, insurance providers, and pharmaceutical companies. Basic administrative tasks include: patient record maintenance, insurance verification, scheduling appointments, billing, and bookkeeping. Basic clinical tasks include: taking medical histories, explaining treatment procedures, prepping patients for exams, assisting physicians in exams, collecting specimens and handling medical instruments and equipment.

Advancement Opportunities:

  • Obtain additional certification in medical specialties, such as phlebotomy or ECG.
  • Complete continuing education classes designed to increase skills and responsibilities.
  • Transition to other occupations, such as an office manager, medical assistant instructor, or nurse.

For more information:

  • View a PDF of the WestMed General Catalog and/or Medical Assistant (MA) Certificate Program Flyer: click on the link under "Related Downloads" at the top right of this page.
  • Request more information

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