Associates Degree - Medical Assistant
The mission of the Medical Assistant Program is to prepare students for employment as Medical Assistants who will work in doctor’s offices, clinics, and/or nursing homes. Students are prepared according to the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) Standards.
Associate’s Degree Program
21 Months / 90 Credits
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, 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.
Upon completion, the graduate will possess working knowledge in:
- Basic medical terminology, anatomy, human diseases, pharmacology
- Basic medical office procedures and clinical medical assisting skills.
Front office procedures such as:
- Handling patient accounts and records, word processing, and scheduling of patients.
- Back office procedures such as:
- Taking patient histories and vital signs
- Preparing patients for procedures
- Assisting the physician with examinations and treatments
- Performing selected diagnostic tests as directed by the physician
- Basic medical laboratory and X-ray procedures
Are You Ready to …
- Assist physicians during examinations
- Collect and prepare laboratory specimens
- Perform basic laboratory tests
- Sterilize medical instruments
- Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician
- Draw blood
- Take electrocardiograms
- Remove sutures
- Update and file patients’ medical records
- Arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services
- Greet patients
- Schedule appointments
- Take medical histories
- Record vital signs
- Explain treatment procedures to patients
- Prepare patients for examinations
Florida Career College Career Track The Diploma program in Medical Assistant Technician can lead directly to the Associate’s Degree program as a Medical Office Administrator. This can, in turn, lead to the FCC Bachelor’s Degree program in Health Information Management.
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