Medical Assisting Technology
Medical Assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices and other health care settings. They are proficient in a multitude of administrative and clinical tasks, and are widely viewed by health care providers as vital partners in increasing medical office productivity as they are cross-trained to perform clinical and administrative responsibilities.
- comprehensive curriculum includes courses in:
- anatomy and physiology
- medical terminology
- medical records
- first aid
- administrative courses in typing, accounting, office skills and human relations
- are innovative and interactive
- use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning
Students learn the skills they need on campus in lecture classes, practice those skills in labs on campus, and later practice the skills on patients in hospitals and private practice offices under supervision of a clinical instructor.
Duties may include
As a medical assistant, you will be the health care provider’s assistant, increasing productivity in the workplace. Medical assistants are essential members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team. According to a survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants ranked as one of the top five professionals necessary to the PCMH team.
- Take medical histories;
- Measure and record patients’ vital signs;
- Explain treatment procedures to patients;
- Prepare patients for examination;
- Assist the medical professional during exams;
- Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, like drawing blood;
- Perform basic laboratory tests;
- Instruct patients about medication and special diets;
- Prepare and administer medications as directed by a medical professional;
- Authorize prescription refills as directed;
- Remove sutures and change dressings
- Use clinical and administrative computer applications;
- Answer telephones and greet patients;
- Update and file patient medical records, typically in an electronic health record;
- Code services and diagnoses;
- Facilitate submission of insurance forms;
- Schedule appointments;
- Arrange for hospital admissions, surgeries, imaging and laboratory services;
- Handle correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping;
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