Medical Assistant
Program Statistics

Medical Assistant


AWARD OFFERED Associate in Applied Science


Admission Requirements and Curriculum
Program Application

Medical assistants perform medical assisting procedures, laboratory procedures, and basic radiographic techniques, usually in a physician’s office or clinic. Because they deal with the public, they must be able to put patients at ease and explain physicians’ instructions while ensuring the confidential nature of medical information.

Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing secretarial skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls and writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances.

Clinical responsibilities include preparing the patient for examination, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first-aid and CPR, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests, preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician, and performing electrocardiograms and basic radiography.

WSCC’s Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRBAAMAE). Graduates of the program are prepared to take the medical assistants national certification examination after meeting eligibility requirements.

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014 as the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population. In fact, medical assistants are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2004–14 period. Employment growth will be driven by the increase in the number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Medical assistants work primarily in outpatient settings, a rapidly growing sector of the health care industry. In view of the preference of many health care employers for trained personnel, job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly for those with certification. Earnings vary, depending on experience, skill level, and location. Median annual earnings of medical assistants were $29,370 in May 2012. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

31-9092 

Medical Assistants

 detail

 553,140 

0.8% 

4.246

 $14.12

 $14.69

 $30,550 

0.3%

 

Tracie Fuqua, B.S. CMA (AAMA), Program Director
256/352-8321
tracie.fuqua@wallacestate.edu