Medical assisting is a versatile health career involving clinical procedures, administrative skills and routine laboratory procedures.
In the clinical area, medical assistants (MAs) take patients to the examination room, ask about and record symptoms, and measure the patient’s height, weight and blood pressure. MAs also prepare instruments for and assist with minor surgeries, assist the physician with patient exams, obtain EKGs, give injections and draw blood for routine lab work. MAs may also be employed in an administrative position responsible for greeting patients, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and managing medical records, insurance payments and patient accounts.
Kirkwood’s one-year Medical Assisting program includes classroom and laboratory experience, and a clinical internship at a physician’s office. The program may also be taken on a part-time basis.
After earning a Medical Assisting diploma, graduates are eligible to take the nationally-recognized Certified Medical Assistant exam. Most employers require certification within one year of graduation.
For more information contact:
Dawn Eitel, BAS, CMA (AAMA)
Medical Assisting Program Director
2164 Linn Hall
Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant. Click here for more details.