The program provides the Medical Assistant with entry-level theory and “hands-on” training in basic and routine clinical tasks. This will equip the Medical Assistant with the competencies required to perform in either a clinical or office capacity. The graduate will be able to assist in EKG, X-ray procedures, first aid and phlebotomy. He/She will be able to perform clinical procedures, preparing a patient for physical exams, and assisting the physicians with other exams. The Medical Assistant may help the physician with minor surgical procedures and can sterilize and care for instruments.
In some venues, the Medical Assistant is expected to effectively handle administrative office procedures such as keyboarding, billing, coding, scheduling, transcription, insurance claims, and computerized record keeping. The Medical Assistant possesses a thorough understanding of health-related ethics and other business principles that bear on the practitioner’s relationship with the patient. Students will sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) National Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam.
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- Clinical Procedures I
- Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology I
- Pharmacology I
- Computer Keyboarding
- Clinical Procedures II
- Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology II
- Medical Office Procedures I
- Pharmacology II
- Clinical Procedures III
- Medical Office Procedures II
- Psychology / Ethics
- Externship (225 hours)
Modules 1, 2, and 3 can be taken in any order; however, module 4 will always be taken last by the student.
- Length: 36 weeks (9 months)
- Hours: 765 clock hours which includes 225 externship hours / 135 additional outside clock hours
- Credits: 26 semester credits
- DeltaTech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
- DeltaTech is approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Federal Financial Aid Program.
Medical Assisting Careers
While a Medical Assistant’s (MA) duties will vary according to the speciality of the physician, the administrative duties can range from answering phones, greeting patients, updating their medical records, scheduling appointments, and making arrangements for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during examination.
Medical Assistants can collect and prepare lab specimens, perform basic lab tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated materials, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medical and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. In a specialized office there may also be additional tasks.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for Medical Assistants will increase by 23% from 2014 to 2024. *www.bls.gov
Gainful Employment Disclosures
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