The Medical Assisting Program at CBT College includes phlebotomy classes and effectively trains students in the administrative area of health care. Students will learn to schedule and monitor appointments, arrange outpatient admissions, chart patient information, manage medical records, as well as many other critical skills needed to complete their degree and get medical certifications in the Medical Assistant field.
An Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting Technology is an increasingly demanding career for those who would like to work in a medical environment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2015. The healthcare industry is going to expand because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population.
The Program prepares students to be multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically cross-trained in different areas of patient care, which include clinical, laboratory, administrative and basic radiology procedures. As a medical assistant, you perform a wide range of duties, for instance, medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, assisting physician with examinations and surgery, drawing blood, administering ECGs and administering medications.
Administrative duties include patient reception, appointment scheduling, recordkeeping, filing, coding, insurance handling, typing medical correspondence and computer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection, a performance of basic laboratory tests, and basic X rays procedures. Our Medical Assistant Associate Degree program provides students with practical hands-on training in our well equipped and state of the art laboratories.
Prepare, educate and provide students with knowledge and skills for certification and employment as a Medical Assistant Professional in both Medical Clinical & Administrative areas as well Entry Level in X rays. (Basic Machine Operator) Certifications*:
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).
- Certified EKG Technician (CET).
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
- Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS).
*Graduates are eligible for taking the Basic X Rays Machine Operator (BXMO) –Florida LICENSE Examination (see FL requirements) Seminars:
- ICD-10 –Entry Level
- CPR – BLS by American Heart Association (AHA)
- OSHA & HIPAA.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficient knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology, pharmacology, psychology and pathology of diseases.
- Perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records (paper and electronic), and utilization of computer software.
- Perform clinical duties such as applying principles of aseptic techniques and infection control, taking vitals and patient histories, collecting and processing specimens, performing CLIA-waived lab testing, performing patient screening, preparing patient and assisting with procedures and exams, administering medications, performing venipuncture and electrocardiograms, and performing basic X rays procedures within the scope of the practice.
- Apply knowledge of local, federal, and state health care legislation such as proper documentation and reporting, performing within legal and ethical boundaries, and applying HIPAA rules in maintaining confidentiality and release of information.
- Manage the facilities, equipment, and inventory of a medical office, while maintaining the highest levels of safety and efficiency.
- Demonstrate proficient knowledge of computer software.
- Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid, and medical insurances using diagnostic and procedural coding.
- Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the healthcare environment.
The outlook for medical assistants is great, and the industry will continue to grow over the years. The number of physician group practices will continue to increase, which will increase the number of job opportunities for a medical assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for a medical assistant is expected to grow by 29 percent over the next few years; this is at a much faster average than other occupations. The baby-boom population will continue to age over the years, which will also cause the demand for medical assistants to increase.