Medical Assisting Technology
Program Description, Mission, and Objectives
The Medical Assisting Program is intended to prepare students to provide patient care in physician’s offices, minor emergency centers, long-term care facilities, and other types of free-standing medical clinics. In the clinical role, the medical assistant provides assistance to the physician during assessment and examination of patients, treatment interventions, and in-office diagnostic protocols. Students in this program will learn to perform physical assessments, take medical histories, take and record vital signs, administer medications, assist with diagnostic procedures, take electrocardiograms, interpret life-threatening arrhythmias, perform venipuncture, and interpret basic laboratory results.
The program's mission seeks to satisfy the diverse needs and academic pursuits of the community by offering Medical Assistant courses to students preparing for a career as a medical assistant, at a reasonable cost.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook publication, employment for Medical Assistants is expected to grow 34% from 2008 to 2018. The annual report cites the increasing prevalence of conditions, such as obesity and diabetes and an aging population, as factors contributing to the demand for healthcare services and medical assistants. Utilizing multi-skilled medical assistants allows doctors to care for more patients and will further stimulate job growth for this sector of the medical field.
Also driving the growth in this field is the increasing number of medical practices, clinics and other healthcare facilities that utilize a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants, who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.
Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Medical assistants deal with the public; therefore, they must be neat and well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner and they must be able to put patients at ease and explain physicians' instructions. They must respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.
The earnings of medical assistants vary, depending on their experience, skill level, and location. Median annual wages of wage-and-salary medical assistants were $28,300 in May 2008. The highest 10 percent earned more than $39,570. The middle 50 percent earned between $23,700 and $33,050.
Types of Programs Offered
The Medical Assisting program offers an Associate in Applied Technology - Medical Assisting as well as a Career Entry Certificate - Medical Assisting and a Career Skills Certificate - Medical Asssisting.
Click here to view the current course requirements for each of these program options.
Estimated Program Costs
Medical Assisting Technology (MAT)
||Est. Total Cost
|Career Entry Certificate (CER)
|Career Skills Certificate (STC)
*Estimates are based on Fall 2011 Tuition. Subject to change without notice.
Mr. Jason Allman
Office Manager, Allman Family Medicine
Mr. Tiernan O'Neill
Office Manager, Panacea O'Neill Medical Group
For more information about this program contact Ava Farr, Program Coordinator, at 256.551.5239.