Training program is available at all CCI locations:
- Lancaster (Main Campus)
- Ventura (Branch Campus)
- Moreno Valley (Branch Campus)
Medical Assistants perform routine administrative tasks to keep offices running smoothly. They typically answer phones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission, handle billing, and monitor bookkeeping.
Clinical duties vary according to state law, but usually include medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical Assistants dispose of contaminated supplies and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.
Medical assistants work in a variety of health care settings, our students typically choose:
- Physicians’ offices
- Research facilities
- Hospitals (in larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work)
Career Care Institute’s Medical Assisting (MA) program is geared to adequately prepare the graduate for an entry-level position as a medical assistant within a healthcare setting in both front-office (administrative) and back-office (clinical) capacities. Our students will gain their knowledge through intense clinical, laboratory, and administrative tasks. At the end of the program, students will be placed in a selection of medical offices, hospitals, or clinics for one hundred and sixty (160) hours of externship.
*CCI is programmatically accredited by the Council on Occupational Education at all three campuses.
What’s the career outlook?
The aging baby boomer population will help drive demand for more medical assistants, who will be needed to support doctors and nurses as they diagnose and treat patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical assistant employment growth of 29 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The field is expected to gain 162,900 new jobs during that period. This sizeable employment growth puts medical assistants among the top health care jobs.
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