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Medical Assistant
Earn your Medical Assistant Diploma in as few as 8 months

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 Assistance course requires 24 Semester Credit Hours. Upon completion, students will have completed a total of 900 Total Clock Hours of study. Schedule options include:

  • 30 Weeks, 30 Clock Hours per Week, Monday to Friday
  • 36 Weeks, 25 Clock Hours per Week, Monday to Friday
  • 45 Weeks, 20 Clock Hours per Week, Monday to Friday (Evening)
  • 56 Weeks, 16 Clock Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday (Evening)
Course Number Course Name Lecture/Lab Hours
COM 120 Introduction to Computers, Windows & Internet 5/15
COM 530 Word Processing / Electronic Spreadsheet 15/15
MA 110 Medical Law & Ethics 20/10
MA 120 Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology I 45/30
MA 210 Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology II 45/30
MA 220 Vital Signs, First Aid, CPR 30/30
MA 230 Venipuncture & Phlebotomy 30/30
MA 240 Lab & Surgical Procedures 15/30
MA 250 Pharmacology 30/15
HIM 210 Basic Coding of Diagnoses 30/15
HIM 220 Basic Coding of Procedures 30/15
MA 310 EKG 10/20
MA 320 Administrative Duties/Medical Records Management 10/20
MA 330 Medical Insurance Procedures 20/20
MA 340 Computerized Medical Billing 10/30
MA 410 Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam Review 30/10
CDJP 55 Career Development & Job Placement 10/10
MA 420 Internship 160

New Testing Center!

We are now approved as an official NCCT testing site and will be accepting student’s that seek certification through the National Center for Competency Testing,  in the following career paths:
  • Medical Assisting
  • EKG Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
Student’s must have completed the necessary NCCT requirements and have designated ERC as their official testing site.

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Admissions Advisor
Silva Aslanyan