Medical Assisting Certificate
Cheryl Kuck, MS, Coordinator
Phone: (419) 995-8256
Office: 102J Tech Edu Lab
Medical Assistants are multi-skilled professionals who assist physicians with the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care in their offices or other ambulatory care settings, including clinics and hospitals.
Duties may include
As a medical assistant, you will be the health care provider's assistant, increasing productivity in the workplace and improving patient outcomes. Medical assistants are essential members of the health care team that work closely with providers in the offices in handling patient care.
Take medical histories
Measure and record patients' vital signs
Prepare patients for examination, and explain treatment procedures to patients
Assist the medical professional during exams and minor office surgeries
Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, like drawing blood
Perform basic laboratory tests
Instruct patients about medications and special diets
Prepare and administer medications as directed by a medical professional
Authorize prescription refills as directed
Remove sutures and change dressings
In the state of Ohio, the medical assistant may also perform clinical duties as directed by a certified nurse practitioner and a physician assistant.
Use clinical and computer applications
Answer telephones, greet patients and schedule appointments
Update and file patient medical records, typically in an electronic health record
Apply medical codes to services and diagnoses
Facilitate submission of insurance forms
Arrange for hospital admissions, surgeries, imaging, and laboratory services
Handle correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
Purchase supplies and maintain administrative and clinical equipment
With advanced skills, education and/or experience, medical assistants may:
Advance to office manager with supervisory functions
Oversee compliance with federal, state and regulatory agencies
Establish & utilize computer information systems, creating spreadsheets and databases
Be responsible for the overall financial management of the office
The U. S. Department of Labor predicts that the employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 22.6 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. Employment growth is driven by the increase in the number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities that need personnel who are cross-trained and can provide considerable flexibility to the physician office. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings with good hours. This allows for a better balance in life between work, family and personal life. Because of Rhodes State accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Rhodes State students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
The Medical Assisting certificate prepares students to be competent, professional health care providers.
Notice to Prospective or Current Medical Assisting Students
You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, therefore, preventing you from completing the certificate. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession. Because health care employers routinely perform background checks on prospective employees, a criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining employment in your chosen field after graduation.
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|BIO 1000||Basic Human Structure and Function||3|
|BHS 1390||Medical Terminology||2|
|COM 1110 ||English Composition||3|
|MAT 1100||Introduction to Medical Assisting||3|
|MAT 1200||Clinical Medical Assisting I||4|
|BHS 1160||Medical Law-Ethics Healthcare||2|
|MAT 1300||Medical Office Procedures I||3|
|MAT 1400||Clinical Medical Assisting II||6|
|MAT 2410||Medical Office Coding||4|
|MAT 2320||Medical Office Procedures II||2|
|MAT 2310||Healthcare Reimbursement||3|
|MAT 2510||Medical Assisting Clinical (Practicum)||2|
|MAT 2520 ||Capstone for Medical Assisting||2|