Medical assistants are health professionals that perform routine administrative and clinical tasks within physicians' offices. Their duties may vary from office to office, but the administrative duties usually include answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, filling out insurance and advance directive forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission, and handling billing and accounting procedures. The clinical duties may also vary but include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants may also collect blood specimens by both capillary or venipuncture technique, perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, sterilize equipment, instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by the physician, authorize drug refills, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, prepare patients for X-rays, and perform EKGs. The Medical Assistant program is a certificate or two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program that prepares students to work in a medical office and perform both administrative and clinical procedures.
Students at COD can choose to earn a Medical Assistant, Associate in Applied Science degree. Students at COD can choose to earn a Medical Assistant Certificate. Tuition and fees: $6,160 Books and supplies: $2,071 On-campus room & board: not offered