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Medical Assistant
Earn your Medical Assistant Diploma in as few as 21 weeks.

Our Medical Assistant program offers three broad areas of knowledge, general, administrative, and clinical skills, which it will enable students to excel in the medical field. Our hands –on training prepare students for the fast-paced physician’s office. Students will acquire new traits in an enthusiastic classroom like: taking vital signs, administering medication, assist with minor procedures, aseptic techniques, phlebotomy procedures, perform electrocardiograms (EKG.ECG), collecting laboratory specimen, scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records (EMR), filling insurance claims, performing procedural and diagnostic coding for reimbursement and much more.

Medical Assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:

  • Predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities
  • Technological advancements
  • Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment

Job Responsibilities Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties.
Here is a quick overview (duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, specialty, and state law):

Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Using computer applications
  • Answering telephones
  • Greeting patients
  • Updating and filing patient medical records
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
    Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):
  • Taking medical histories
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
  • Drawing blood
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

Patient Liaison Medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain the physician’s instructions.
PCMH Team Member 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.

The Medical Assistant course requires 720 Clock Hours. Upon completion, students will have completed a total of 720 Total Clock Hours of study. Schedule options include:

Classroom Hours:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – 21 Weeks
  • 1:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – 21 Weeks
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – 34 Weeks
  • 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – 34 Weeks
  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – 34 Weeks

Course Number Course Name Hours
COM 120 Introduction to Computers, Windows 18
COM 530 Word Processing / Electronic Spreadsheet 18
MA 110 Medical Law & Ethics 22
MA 120 Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology I 45
MA 210 Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology II 50
MA 220 Vital Signs, First Aid, CPR 25
MA 230 Venipuncture & Phlebotomy 43
MA 240 Lab & Surgical Procedures 43
MA 250 Pharmacology 43
HIM 210 Basic Coding of Diagnoses 22
HIM 220 Basic Coding of Procedures 22
MA 310 EKG 25
MA 320 Administrative Duties/Medical Records Management 20
MA 330 Medical Insurance Procedures 36
MA 340 Computerized Medical Billing 36
CDJP 55 Career Development & Job Placement 6
MA 410 Medical Assistant Professional Certification Exam Review 21
MA 420 Externship 225

Approved Testing Center!

Eagle Rock College is an approved testing site for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) for the following certifications:
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Graduates can test at our campus in a comfortable environment.

(Individual eligibility determined by NHA)


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