Medical Assisting

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Allied Health and Nursing

Medical assistants perform clinical and clerical tasks that keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly.  Depending on the size of the practice, medical assistants may answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services and handle billing and bookkeeping.

Clinical duties, which may vary according to state regulations, may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination and assisting during the examination.

Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, 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, communicate prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for X-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures and change dressings.

They may also arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment and keep waiting and examination rooms neat and clean. Assistants working in specialized medical fields may have additional duties.

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Educational Opportunities in Medical Assisting

Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Assisting
This program provides students with an orientation to the medical field as an assistant to the physician. Students are introduced to procedures in medical examinations, use of laboratory equipment, office business procedures used in health care facilities and medical terminology. Upon completion of this curriculum, the student is eligible to sit for examination through the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) and the AMT (American Medical Technologists) to become a certified medical assistant.

Associate of Applied Science-Clinical Focus
This course of study allows the student to sharpen clinical skills in areas such as phlebotomy.

Associate of Applied Science- Administrative Focus
This course of study allows the student to sharpen business skills, which are necessary for positions in office management.

Related Educational Opportunities in Health Care

Other Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Certificate in Health Care Management
The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/ managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Major in Public Health
The public health program integrates classroom and experiential learning in many of its courses. Public health graduates are employed in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and other health and care settings, and governmental agencies.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science—Major in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree program leading to the bachelor of science in applied science with a major in allied health is intended to serve professional health-related, associate degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials.

Master of Health and Human Services
The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.

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