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Medical Assisting

Program Description

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention,and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.

Nature of the Work

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. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

Employment

Medical assistants held about 483,600 jobs in 2008. About 62 percent worked in offices of physicians; 13 percent worked in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities; and 11 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and optometrists. Most of the remainder worked in other healthcare industries, such as outpatient care centers and nursing and residential care facilities.

Job Outlook

Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification.

Earnings

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 middle 50 percent earned between $23,700 and $33,050. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,600, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $39,570.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos164.htm

The Albany Technical College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727.210.2350

View Degrees
Medical Assisting Degree (70 hrs)
core courses
Area I Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Area II Social/Behavior Sciences
PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology
3
Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111 College Algebra
3
Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
3
Program-Specific Electives
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking
3
 
Medical Assisting
occupational courses
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
1
MAST 1010 Legal&EthicConcerns/Med Office
2
MAST 1030 Pharmacology in the Medical Office
4
MAST 1060 Medical Office Procedures
4
MAST 1080 Medical Assisting Skills I
4
MAST 1090 Medical Assisting Skills II
4
MAST 1100 Medical Insurance Management
2
MAST 1110 Administrative Practice Manage
3
MAST 1170 Medical Assisting Externship
6
MAST 1180 Medical Assisting Seminar
3
MAST 1120 Human Path Cond in Med Office
3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care
3
BUSN 1440 Document Production
4
 


View Diplomas
Medical Assisting Diploma (61 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology
3
 
Medical Assisting
occupational courses
MAST 1010 Legal&EthicConcerns/Med Office
2
MAST 1030 Pharmacology in the Medical Office
4
MAST 1060 Medical Office Procedures
4
MAST 1080 Medical Assisting Skills I
4
MAST 1090 Medical Assisting Skills II
4
MAST 1100 Medical Insurance Management
2
MAST 1110 Administrative Practice Manage
3
MAST 1170 Medical Assisting Externship
6
MAST 1180 Medical Assisting Seminar
3
MAST 1120 Human Path Cond in Med Office
3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care
3
ALHS 1011 Anatomy and Physiology
5
BUSN 1440 Document Production
4
 


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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
Diploma
32
79
50
N/A



Instructors & Faculty

Garmon, Cathy
Harris, LaTonya