The Medical Assistant Certificate Program prepares graduates to perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of the physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physicians. Find more here.
Take the First Step
I'm Valerie Smith and I am in the Medical Assistant program. I have two children, with me being a single mother I was afraid of the time it was going to take from them, and also just the difficulty of it. My name is Dawn Platt, and I'm the Medical Assistant Program Coordinator. We take students in the fall semester, winter,semester and summer semester. So the Medical Assistant Certificate Program prepares students to obtain a position in an ambulatory care setting, mostly primary care physician offices and urgent care offices. The Medical Assistant job outlook is fantastic for our students. The majority of the students will actually obtain or secure a position before they even graduate from the program. It takes a year to go through the program. If a student is going full-time. We actually use this for some students as a pathway either to the nursing program or to other healthcare related fields. In the first semester, their primary focus is on interaction with the patients. Then in the second semester, there is a higher focus on more in-depth procedures. Then they go into their final practicum, where they actually perform all those skills on live patients underneath the supervision of a preceptor. We're gonna go right to the left here. The Medical Assistant position, I have to do 160 hours. I am Valerie and I'm from MCC, I'm getting in my clinical hours. My preceptor teaches me just the ins and outs and how to do the techniques properly. Thank you for being patient. Valerie came into the program unsure of herself. She was one of the students that just didn't think that she could do this, but she knew she wanted to. I'm a person that, not very confident in myself. And this just proves to me if I put my mind towards anything, I can achieve that goal. They need to have a support system coming into the program. They can't do this program alone because it's quite rigorous. For one, my children support me all the way. They will sit there and do homework with me. Your eye sockets. And they'll let me quiz them and they quiz me, that helps a lot. Here's your skull. She has a positive attitude, always optimistic, even though she had a lot of barriers that were presented to her. In October, I had to put down my 17-year old dog. The same day I had to take my grandma off the ventilator. Three days later is when my car was totaled. It's definitely been a struggle. I just thought to myself, you've came this far. Don't throw all of that education away, just push through it. And she just persevered through all of those barriers. With any struggles either at home or with schoolwork, they have guided me through and just gave me confidence to get through it. I appreciate everyone all coming out to celebrate our five graduates. I am 33, no matter what your age is-- Just do what you want to do, and do something that you're going to enjoy doing. It's been a struggle, but we made it, we made it. Take that step. It's the hardest thing to do. But once that one step is taken, it is easier just to keep following that path. I've just learned I am able to juggle it all. She is a true success story for the Medical Assistant program. It's just a beautiful thing.
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