Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant Step (Tier) Program

A female medical assistant with a little girl

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Career Description
Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, chiropractors and other health practitioners running smoothly. The Department of Labor projects the medical assistant occupation to be the fastest-growing occupation during the 2008-18 period.

The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitionerís specialty. Medical assistants perform many administrative duties, including answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patientsí medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Clinical duties include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.

Medical Assistant Training Program

The Division of Continuing Education and Economic Developmentís Medical Assistant Program trains individuals to work as medical assistants by educating them on the administrative and clinical skills required by the profession. All students are required to have Internet access outside of the college as training includes online course work every week. This online course work is expected to be conducted outside the hours spent in the classroom. To enroll, you must be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency (GED). Cost of training includes tuition only. Note: Upon start of externship, all students are required to show proof of intradermal TB skin test, major medical insurance, CPR certification, MMR proof, SLED check and drug screen.

Students completing the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Developmentís Medical Assistant program are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant Examination given by the American Medical Technologists Association. Students are not eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant Examination given by the American Association for Medical Assistants. Books not included

Dress Code: Navy blue scrubs with flat, closed-toe and closed-ankle white nursing shoes (no sneakers or Crocs), white undergarments and white socks that cover the ankle. No nail polish or artificial fingernails. Hair must present a professional image.

Required Textbooks: Medical Terminology 350, Vaughn; Kinnís The Medical Assistant, Young-Adams; MA Notes and Phlebotomy Notes Bundle, Brassington and Strasinger; and MA Review Notes w/ CD only, Perreira.

Optional Equipment: Blood pressure cuff and stethoscope, available in most pharmacies.

Note: Before entering externship you will be required to show proof of 10-year clear South Carolina or national background check; two-step PDD; major medical insurance; MMR; and a negative nine-panel drug test.

Medical Assistant Training Program

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XMED 501-003



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