The Medical Assisting program will prepare you as competent entry-level medical assistants in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for employment in a variety of medical/health care environments. 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. After graduating from the program, you will be 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 Medical Assisting Program at Zane State College has an AAMA certification examination pass rate of 84 percent over the past five years and a graduate and employer satisfaction rate of 100 percent.
The Zane State College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 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
Major: Medical Assisting
Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Location: On Campus
Duration: 2 Years