Medical Assisting

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Medical assisting is a multi-skilled health profession. Working primarily in medical offices and clinics, medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures.

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.

On October 16, 2008, the Medical Assisting program received their Certificate of Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation for Medical Assistant Education. AAMA American Association of Medical Assistants, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350. The ten-year accreditation will be up for renewal in 2018.

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).

Just six months after graduation, our medical assisting grads are earning up to $13.50 an hour! Read more in the latest placement report.

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