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Medical Assistant

Program Overview

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. Designed with flexibility in mind, coursework includes phlebotomy and electrocardiography (EKG/ECG) training, as the duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty.

This degree program includes courses covering anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as keyboarding, transcription, record keeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. Students will study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics and will be prepared to take a national certification exam upon the completion of the coursework.

Accreditation
The Pine Technical College Medical Assistant A.A.S. degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Sciences Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educators Review Board (MAERB).

Medical Assistant Student Handbook

Review the Medical Assistant Student Handbook for more information about the program and guidelines for enrolled students.

Program Plan

Required prior to entrance into the program: 
- Current Health Care Professional CPR
- Cleared MN/WI State background check

A.A.S. Degree (60 credits)

ENGL 1276 College Composition (4) or ENGL 1277 Technical Communication (4)
BIOL 1240 Health and Disease in the Human Body (4)
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSYC 1250 Lifespan Development (3)
SPCH 1250 Intercultural Communications (3) or PHIL 1271 Critical Thinking in Modern Society (3)
HCCC 1215 Introduction to Health Careers I (2)
HCCC 1220 Introduction to Health Careers II (2)
MEDA 1001 Advanced Medical Terminology (1)
MEDA 1101 Administrative Procedures I (4)
MEDA 1201 Clinical Procedures I (5)
MEDA 1301 Laboratory Procedures I (4)
MEDA 1401 Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) (2)
MEDA 1501 Pharmacology (3)
MEDA 2101 Administrative Procedures I (3)
MEDA 2201 Clinical Procedures II (5)
MEDA 2301 Laboratory Procedures II (4)
MEDA 2400 Practicum (7)
MEDA 2500 Exam Review (1)

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Cost of Program

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page. For scholarship information, visit the Scholarships page. Tip: Look for the "Healthcare Scholarship!"

Career and Employment Information

Medical Assistants held about 483,600 jobs in 2008. About 62 percent worked in offices of physicians; 13 percent worked in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities; and 11 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and optometrists. Most of the remainder worked in other healthcare industries, such as outpatient care centers and nursing and residential care facilities. Employment opportunities for medical assistants are expected to grow by 34 percent now through 2018, representing much faster growth than average, compared to other industries.

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