Medical Assisting

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Medical assistants are multiskilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

The administrative duties of a medical assistant include:

  • Recieving patients in a professional and friendly manner
  • Performing numerous office duties and public relations functions
  • Administering first aid.

The clinical responsibilities of a medical assistant include:

  • helping patients prepare for examinations
  • assisting the doctor
  • cleaning and sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • assisting in emergency situations

To get your diploma in Medical Assisting, you will complete twelve months of competency-based instruction at LATI and a supervised externship.

To get your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Assisting, you will complete sixteen months of competency-based instruction and a supervised externship.

Externship: As a student of medical assisting, you will be required to complete a 240-hour, non-paid, supervised externship in a medical facility. The externship will provide you with a total picture of your responsibilities as a medical assistant, including observation of a working health care facility. You’ll also gain valuable experience working with other healthcare professionals as you develop and utilize your technical skills.

When you complete the program you will be eligible to take a national certifying examination.

The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Once you complete the program you are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. After successfully passing the exam, you will earn the title of Certified Medical Assistant, (CMA, AAMA).

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