The Medical Assisting program prepares students to become allied health professionals who function as members of the health care delivery team. Medical assistants are the central figures in promoting and maintaining cooperative relationships between patients and physicians. Program course work involves both administrative and clinical procedures. Students are prepared to take vital signs, medical histories, and perform basic laboratory procedures, while also engaging in the administrative duties of scheduling appointments, receiving patients, managing medical records, and handling telephone calls. Graduates are eligible to take the national board examination which qualifies students to work in all 50 states as a Certified Medical Assistant.
The Zane State College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board (MAERB).
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations. Job opportunities involve many employment settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and out-patient or ambulatory settings. Certified Medical Assistants are clinically trained to assist in out-patient medical procedures, office administration, and interaction with patients.
Admission to the Medical Assisting program is selective. Applicants are required to show evidence of satisfactory completion of high school and/or previous college work with a minimum GPA of 2.5. For detailed information on the admission procedure, contact the program director.