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Medical Assisting Program

Have you always wanted to pursue a career helping others?  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Due to the growth of the aging baby-boom population, the demand for preventive medical services will continue to increase. The profession is an ideal entryway into primary care and optimal for multitaskers with dexterous and organized personalities.
 
Enrolling in the ten month medical assisting program at WestMed College prepares you for entry-level healthcare positions focusing on the knowledge, skills, and 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 prepare students 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.
 

Clinical Training:

  • Medical History Reporting 
  • Patient exam preparation
  • Specimen collection 
  • Injection administration 
  • Surgical procedure assistance  
 

Medical Office Training:

  • Patient record management
  • Insurance verifications
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Medical billing
  • Accounting 

Opportunities for Career Advancement:

  • 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.

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