Medical Assistant (ASB)

57 weeks
Campus: Willow Street Campus
Instructor: Peggy Keller

Career Focus Statement

Prepare for a career as a professional in the health care field as a  multi-skilled individual who performs administrative and clinical duties.

Program  Goals

The program includes studies in anatomy and physiology, health insurance coding and billing, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, pharmacology, clinical and administrative skills. In addition, curriculum includes clinical skills such as phlebotomy, laboratory tests, minor surgical procedures, medication administration and performing and interpreting electrocardiograms. Students who have successfully completed program requirements may participate in a six-week clinical experience in a physician’s office. The National Health Career Association (NHA) participates with the program to allow medical assistant students to receive certification through this agency. Students who participate in clinical may be eligible to sit for the exams to become certified as a clinical medical assistant, administrative medical assistant, and phlebotomist and/or EKG technician.

Program Description

  • Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets and physicians’ instructions to patients.
  • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments and materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.
  • Collect blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.