Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession; practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures.
- Scheduling and receiving patients
- Preparing and maintaining medical records
- Performing basic secretarial skills and medical transcription
- Handling telephone calls and writing correspondence
- Serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals
- Managing practice finances
- Asepsis and infection control
- Taking patient histories and vital signs
- Performing first aid and CPR
- Preparing patients for procedures
- Assisting the physician with examinations and treatments
- Collecting and processing specimens
- Performing selected diagnostic tests
- Preparing/administering medications under physician direction
Both administrative and clinical duties involve maintenance of equipment and supplies for the practice. A medical assistant, who is sufficiently qualified by education and/or experience, may be responsible for supervising personnel, developing and conducting public outreach programs to market the physicians professional services, and participating in the negotiation of leases and equipment and supply contracts.
More medical assistants are employed by practising physicians than any other type of allied health personnel. Medical assistants are usually employed in physicians offices and other ambulatory healthcare settings, in which they perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks to facilitate the work of the physician. The responsibilities of medical assistants vary, depending on whether they work in a clinic, hospital, large group practice, or small private office.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wages of wage-and-salary medical assistants were $29,100 in May 2011. For more information, refer to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm.
With demand from more than 200,000 physicians, there are, and will probably continue to be, almost unlimited opportunities for formally educated medical assistants. According to the BLS, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 34% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and ageing of the population, there will be an
increased need for all health care workers. The increasing prevalence of certain conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, also will increase demand for health care services and medical assistants. Increasing use of medical assistants to allow doctors to care for more patients will further stimulate job growth.
Length. Programs grant an associates degree, certificate, or diploma.
Prerequisites. High school diploma or equivalent is usually required.
Curriculum. The curricula of programs must ensure achievement of the Entry-Level Competencies for the Medical Assistant. The curriculum must include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, psychology, communications (oral and written), medical assisting administrative procedures, and medical assisting clinical procedures. Programs should include a curriculum that provides practical experience in qualified physicians offices, accredited hospitals, or other health care facilities.
Note: Adapted in part from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos164.htm.
Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Certification Training Programs
Our advanced Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Certification Program is designed to provide the comprehensive training that will prepare you to enter into this growing and rewarding field. This program combines the personal attention of an on campus learning experience combined with the convenience of a technology based online learning program requiring up to 40 percent less time to complete training and become certified. Our program is an excellent and convenient opportunity for you to receive these credentials and qualification for Medical Assistant jobs.
NAHCE online (CCMA)(CMAA) Learning Platform is packed full of Media-based activities and exercises include educational videos and simulations, collaborative class discussions, and interactive activities with the personalized attention and student-teacher interaction, and peer support available in classroom-based education. Students can utilize the NAHCE technology based online learning program at their leisure 24 hrs. a day.
NAHCE Online Program Features:
- Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test.
- Students can access all their course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
- Preparation for Certification boxes provide guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the NHA (NCCA), CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and CMAS certification examinations.
- online (CCMA)(CMAA) Learning Platform with Ebook.
2012 NHA, 2010 ABHES and 2008 CAAHEP standards.
- Text Hard Copy
- 100 CCMA laboratory classroom hours of lecture and hands-on competency procedures training and Practical Internship: Hands-on instruction in a variety of collection techniques, including vacuum collection devices, syringe and capillary/skin-puncture methods
- Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) (CMAA) Exam online Study Guide.
- Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) (CMAA) Exam online Practice Test.
- NAHCE Medical Assistant Diploma.
CMAA Course Curriculum:
MA 100 Foundations and Principles
Administrative Medical Assisting
- The Profession of Medical Assisting
- Types of Medical Practice
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Medical Practice, Including HIPAA
- Communication with Patients, Families, and Coworkers
MA 115 Interacting with Patients
- Office Work
- Using and Maintaining Office Equipment
- Using Computers in the Office
- Managing Correspondence and Mail
- Managing Office Supplies
- Maintaining Patient Records
- Managing the Office Medical Records
MA 125 Financial Responsibilities
- Telephone Techniques
- Scheduling Appointments and Maintaining the Physicians Schedule
- Patient Reception
- Patient Education
- Healthcare Insurance Billing Procedures
- Medical Coding
- Patient Billing and Collections
- Accounting for the Medical Office
CCMA Course Curriculum:
MA 135 The Medical Office Environment
MA 205 Assisting with Patients
- Principles of Asepsis
- Infection Control Techniques
- HIV, Hepatitis, and Other Blood-Borne Pathogens
- Preparing the Exam and Treatment Areas
MA 215 Specialty Practices and Medical Emergencies
- Interviewing the Patient, Taking a History, and Documentation
- Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements
- Assisting with a General Physical Examination
MA 230 Physicians Office Laboratory Procedures
- Assisting with Examinations in the Basic Specialties
- Assisting with Highly Specialized Examinations
- Assisting with Minor Surgery
- Assisting with Cold and Heat Therapy and Ambulation
- Emergency Preparedness and First Aid
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine
MA 235 Nutrition, Pharmacology, and Diagnostic Equipment
- Laboratory Equipment and Safety
- Introduction to Microbiology
- Collecting, Processing, and Testing Urine Specimens
- Collecting, Processing, and Testing Blood Specimens
- Nutrition and Special Diets
- Principles of Pharmacology
- Drug Administration
- Electrocardiograph and Pulmonary Function Testing
- X-Rays and Diagnostic Radiology
- Medical Assisting Externships and Preparing to Find a Position
Certified Clinical / Administrative Medical Assistant Diploma
NAHCE Certified Clinical / Administrative Medical Assistant Diploma program meets the requirements of the certifying bodies through which you can become a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant and gives you an edge when applying for jobs. The NAHCE Diploma tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of education and credentials recognition and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field.
NAHCE Associates of Science A.S. in Medical Assisting Degree
NAHCE Associates of Science A.S. in Medical Assisting Degree includes the additional Healthcare Fundamentals / Professional Studies / and General Education Studies courses required for an Associates of Science A.S. Degree in Medical Assisting.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) Diploma and National Certification
After successful completion of the program you will receive the NAHCE Medical Assistant Diploma which will qualify you to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam for National Certification. NAHCE is a certified training provider for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Healthcareer Association, Inc. Your tuition includes NHA Study Guide, Practice Test and exam fees. Our graduates are also eligible to be certified as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) by American Medical Technologists and as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) by the American Association of Medical Assistants.
NAHCE is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Healthcareer Association, Inc.
In order to qualify as a candidate for NAHCE Sponsored Certification Testing an individual must obtain one of the following:
- NAHCE Medical Assistant Diploma
- Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Medical Assistant Program or School.
- Confirmed employment by a medical facility as a Medical Assistant for a minimum of 2 years.