Medical Assistant Certificate Training
Prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in Healthcare! Learn to assist physicians by performing functions related to the administrative and clinical responsibilities of a medical office. This program is designed to meet standards set by the Affordable Care Act, the skills sets required by regional employers and preparation for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national exam.
Lakes Region Community College has developed a twelve-week Medical Assistant Certificate program of 320 hours of classroom instruction with hands-on lab experiences and a 160-hour practicum at local medical offices.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.
Job Outlook for 2014-2024:
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow23% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase the demand for preventative medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physician to see more patients. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support worker, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, increasing patient access to medical care.
Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
NEXT SESSION RUNS JANUARY 2 TO MARCH 26, 2018
• Age 18 & older
• High School Diploma, GED or HiSet
• Completed Application
• Interview with Program Coordinator
NCWK2000L Medical Assistant * Cost: $5,500
Become a highly skilled medical assistant in a physician’s office. You will learn to prepare patients for examination, treatment, diagnostic testing, proper lead placement for cardiac evaluation and conduct routine laboratory procedures. Curriculum includes: medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, technical aspects of phlebotomy, pharmacology, cardiac life cycle, proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, accessing and recoding information appropriately in electronic medical records. Professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare are emphasized.
320 hours 8 weeks 40 hours per week
NCWK2001L Medical Assistant Externship **
Practice both your clinical and administrative skills while working under the supervision of the office managers and program instructors. While on externship, you will have the opportunity to work with other medical assistants to gain experience taking vital signs, maintaining examination areas, taking patient histories, preparing patients for procedures, assisting physicians with examinations, collecting and processing specimens, performing routine diagnostic tests, administering medications, and performing venipunctures, scheduling and canceling patient appointments, completing health insurance forms, recording charges, and filing to meet CCMA certification requirements.
160 hours 4 weeks 40 hours per week
*Additional fees that students are required to pay for: books, uniforms, shoes, and kits.
**Required immunizations, health and drug screens, and criminal background check required prior to the 160-hour practicum.
January 2 to February 23, 2018
EMR Training: TBA
Externship: February 26 to March 26, 2018
Ask about apprenticeships and employer-based tuition assistance!