Medical Assistant

Health Careers

About the Career

Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on office location, size and specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually are “generalists,” handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators. Medical assistants perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle 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, performing office laboratory procedures, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants work primarily in physicians’ offices, and hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities. Medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest-growing professions over the next 10 years.


Academic Programs

Medical Assisting

Medical assistants perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics and emergency medical centers.

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Training Programs

Medical Office Specialist

Perform administrative duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology for hospital, clinic, or physician offices. Duties include scheduling appointments, compiling and recording medical charts, reports, correspondence, and other type of patient records.

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

In this continuing education program, students receive 112 hours of training in basic nursing care through a combination of classroom lecture, simulated laboratory care, and hands-on clinical experience in a local long term care facility. This DHHS-approved course prepares students to sit for the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Services Exam.

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EKG Specialist

An EKG Specialist performs a variety of types of echocardiogram procedures for patients and includes 12-lead EKG, Holter Monitoring, and Stress Testing. In addition to performing these tests the EKG Specialist may be required to do basic interpretation of these tests.

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Patient Care Technician

Students who complete this continuing education course of study will be able to work in a variety of healthcare settings. The program includes successful completion of Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Phlebotomy, Cardiac Care Technician and EKG classes. Medical Terminology is a prerequisite for both Phlebotomy and EKG. Cardiac Care Technician is a prerequisite for EKG.

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Projected Job Growth

+6.2%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$29,281*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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