The Medical Assisting Certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for a role as a multi-skilled member of the healthcare team who assists in patient care management and clinical duties. Administrative duties of the Medical Assistant include scheduling and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls and office correspondence; filing insurance claims; and maintaining office accounts. Clinical duties include preparing patients for examination; obtaining and recording vital signs; taking medical histories; assisting with examinations and treatments; collecting specimens and performing routine office laboratory procedures; providing patient instruction for diagnostic tests, x-rays, and office procedures; and providing appropriate care in emergency situations.
The Medical Assisting certificate program prepares graduates to become multi-skilled part of a health care team. Medical assistants work in both clerical and patient care sides of medical offices. Other job options include hospitals and urgent care centers. Those who want to work in the health care and would enjoy a fast pace and variety may choose this program. Students enrolled in this program are subject to criminal background checks and drug screenings. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists, 10700 West Higgins Rd. Suite 150, Rosemont, IL 60018, phone: 847-823-5169 fax: 847-823-0458, www.americanmedtech.org.
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