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Medical Assistant

This program provides students with the skills necessary to be proficient in both front and back office procedures. Students receive hands-on training so that they are able to assist physicians in minor surgery, perform laboratory tests, assess vital signs, administer medication, operate an ECG machine, and perform other therapeutic modalities prescribed by physicians. Medical Assistants are employed in physicians' offices, medical clinics, laboratories, and other health agencies.

Possible Job Titles

Medical Assistant, Clinical Assistant

Skills, Tasks & Knowledge of the Job

  • Assist physicians in minor surgery, perform laboratory tests, assess vital signs, administer medication, operate an ECG machine and perform other therapeutic modalities prescribed by physicians
  • Prepare examination rooms, equipment and instruments
  • Provide prescription information to pharmacies
  • Maintain patients' medical records, documenting medical history and test results
  • Conduct preliminary examination interviews and procedures such as patient height, weight and blood pressure
  • Perform routine medical office procedures such as tests; collect and label samples
  • Schedule appointments, manage electronic medical records, and perform routine office duties

Typical Work Environments

  • All physicians' offices: private practices, clinics, med-checks, laboratories and virtually any health care setting
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Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Certificates, Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. Its accreditation of degree-granting institutions is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.