College of Applied Science and Technology

Medical Assisting Technology

Medical Assisting Technology Fundamentals

Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks for physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists and other health specialists to ensure that the offices and clinics run smoothly.

  • comprehensive curriculum includes courses in:
    • anatomy and physiology
    • medical terminology
    • pharmacology
    • medical records
    • first aid
    • administrative courses in typing, accounting, office skills and human relations

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

You will gain clinical skills in the Medical Assisting Laboratory.

You also will spend part of your last semester in an externship - working 10 to 15 hours a week as a medical assistant in a physician’s office for academic credit.

Curriculum Guide

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A medical assisting technology degree prepares you for the varied tasks required of a medical assistant, such as:

  • update and file medical information
  • arrange for hospital stays and laboratory services
  • handle billing and bookkeeping
  • record vital signs
  • obtain medical histories of patients
  • explain treatments and assist physicians during examinations
  • collect and prepare laboratory specimens
  • handle basic laboratory testing on the premises
  • sterilize medical equipment
  • instruct patients on medications and special diets
  • prepare and administer medications
  • draw blood
  • take electrocardiograms
  • remove sutures and change dressings

Medical assistants most often work in:

  • physicians’ medical doctors
  • hospitals
  • inpatient and outpatient facilities.
  • nursing homes

Career Outlook

The medical assistance field is expected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations, spurred by a growing population, technological advances in medicine and increased health care services. 

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs

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Phone: 330-972-7111
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