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Important Qualities To Have

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

 

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

 

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

 

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.  Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

This course prepares students to work in medical offices and clinics and emphasizes clinical skills including vital signs, diagnostic testing (venipuncture, urinalysis, EKG, injections, etc.), therapeutic interventions, elementary instruction in medical insurance billing and coding as well as medical office administration and management.  HIPPA, CLIA, OSHA, Dept. of Health and Human Services statutes are taught.  Course emphasizes medical terminology.  A 160-hour externship is available for those who qualify.  Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to take the optional NCCT / Medical Assistant National Certification Exam given at the Simi Institute.

 

Prerequisites:  18 years or older and must speak, read and write English at the 12th grade level.  A U.S. high school diploma or equivalency is required for optional National Certification.  A physical exam that includes extensive lab work (proof of Hepatitis B, Tdap immunizations, and proof of negative TB Test) is required, at the student's expense, and is due by the third week of class.

 

First class meeting will consist of a brief overview of course expectations and a reading comprehension test will be given for assessment.

Daytime Medical Assistant Program

Course Fee:  $1,775 (includes uniforms, textbooks, all classroom supplies, BLS-CPR training and certification)

 

Daytime Program

Dates:  Aug. 13 - Jan. 18

 

M, T, W, Th, plus select Fridays*

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Room 502

Blakemore

 

 

*Fridays:  Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14; Jan. 11

 

Click HERE to register for Daytime class

Evening Medical Assistant Program

Course Fee:  $1,775 (includes uniforms, textbooks, all classroom supplies, BLS-CPR training and certification)

 

Evening Program

Dates: Aug. 14 - Jan. 19

T, Th, plus select Mondays*

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Room 502

Gallardo

Sat

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Room 502

Gallardo

 

*Select Monday evenings:  Nov. 5, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14

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A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.

Salary Information

Medical Assistants

California 2016

    Low Median High
    25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile
         
  Annual Wages $28,043 $34,518 $42,543
         
  Hourly Wages $13.48 $16.60 $20.46

Job Duties

Medical assistants typically do the following:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by the physician and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information.  They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Work Environment

Most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices.  Some work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

Work Schedule

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings, weekends, or holidays to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Employment Development Department/Labor Market Information Division, State of California, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016