Notice: Due to changes being made to the Medical Assisting Program, the next start date for this program will be Fall (August) 2014. The application for that start date will be posted in January 2014 and will be due in May 2014. Please contact the program director with any questions.
The Medical Assisting program provides training in both the administrative and the clinical procedures generally performed in the medical office. Job functions include patient intake and scheduling, bookkeeping and medical record management. Clinical duties involve performing specific diagnostic laboratory procedures, administering medications and assisting with minor surgical procedures under the direction of a physician/clinician.
Medical Assistant responsibilities may include:
- Managing health records
- Scheduling appointments
- Taking vital signs and medical histories
- Insurance billing and coding
- Preparing and sterilizing instruments
- Performing electrocardiograms (EKG's)
With training in medical assisting you will be prepared for employment in physician's offices, community health centers, urgent care centers, and select outpatient facilities.
Program Degree and Certificate Options
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting
- Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting
- Certificate of Completion in Medical Front Office
The Arizona Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at all public universities in Arizona. Some universities, such as Northern Arizona University (NAU), offer a bachelor degree in Medical Assisting. All your Medical Assisting certificate or degree credits may transfer as a block.
Upon successful program completion, the student will be eligible to take either the American Medical Technologists National Medical Assisting Exam (for the RMA or Registered Medical Assistant credential) or the American Association of Medical Assistants National Medical Assisting Exam (for the CMA - AAMA or Certified Medical Assistant - AAMA credential).
The the growth in opportunities for medical assistants is faster than the average occupation. Expansion of medical practices and demand for more preventive medical services will be driven by an aging baby-boom population and the needfor more assistants to perform administrative and clinical duties.
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