What is Medical Assisting? (MA)
Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations today. Medical Assistants may provide clinical assistance in many areas from obtaining patient history and vital signs to venipuncture. In addition, the medical assistant may be called upon to perform administrative/managerial duties such as scheduling appointments and ordering supplies or assisting with the hiring and/or evaluation of employees. The medical assisting student who has completed all of the medical assisting course work from MCC will graduate with a Certificate and be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for the Medical Assistant from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Is it for you?
The successful MA is compassionate, organized, detail oriented, and friendly. Being willing to work as part of a team is essential in the world of the Medical Assistant. Patients need a caring, friendly face and doctors need dependable, accountable employees they can count on as part of their team. If you have these qualities, then being a Medical Assistant may be just the career you are looking for.
Jobs and Salary Expectations
Employment may be found in a variety of healthcare settings through the community. Salary expectations vary, based on those settings, but range from $12 to $15.00 per hour to start, depending upon healthcare experience.
- Dona Marotta, MHA, CMA (AAMA) – Program Director/Medical Assisting Instructor
- The Medical Assisting program is a four-quarter program beginning each Fall quarter and Spring quarter at MCC. Students completing this program will graduate with a certificate and be eligible to sit for their certification testing with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The program provides classroom instruction, laboratory experience and a one-quarter externship to prepare the student for the role of a medical assistant.
- The one quarter externship is the last quarter of the program and has daytime hours.
Credit Classes and Registration
Registration for classes is completed by Health and Public Services. Students cannot self register for the Medical Assisting Program. Because certain criteria must be met before students can submit an application, students applying for the Medical Assisting Program must meet with an advisor before submitting the application. Applications are due January 15th for the Spring program(evenings program) and July 1st for the Fall program (daytime program). An appointment with an advisor can be made by calling MCC's Call Center at 402-457-2400.
Medical Assisting Application