Medical Office Assistant

Begin a career in health care by learning to work in a medical clinic or physician's office. You will learn to perform the administrative tasks of a medical receptionist and work in the clinical areas by helping with physical examinations, diagnostic tests and treatment procedures.

Clinical duties can include: taking brief medical histories, obtaining vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, assisting health care providers during examinations and procedures, taking electrocardiograms, preparing and administering medications, and performing phlebotomy and basic laboratory tests.

Administrative duties could include: using electronic medical records, arranging for diagnostic tests and laboratory services, completing insurance information, answering telephones, scheduling appointments, and assisting with billing and coding.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficient client assessment and use of information management systems in the medical setting.
  2. Demonstrate accurate mathematical skills and quantitative reasoning as a base for patient care decisions.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication utilizing medical terminology, computerized technology, accurate documentation, and verbal expression.
  4. Provide safe, quality care by incorporating evidenced-based practice.

Program Strengths

  • Complete certificate requirements in one year as a full-time student or in two years as a part-time student

  • Eligible to take a certification examination from the American Medical Technologists, a national certification agency, to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

  • Practical internship practice provides 225 hours of direct hands on training


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Medical Office Assistant

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