Associate of Science Degree
106 Quarter Credits
1300 Clock Hours
The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare the graduate for entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant in a medical office, clinic or other related medical facility. Students are instructed in various topics including patient processing with the use of electronic health records (EHR), law and ethics, patient confidentiality procedures , and performing such duties as taking vital signs, phlebotomy, suture removal, performing ECG/EKGs, as well as other related tasks. There are certifications that many medical facilities, including laboratories, may require for employment. The Medical Assistant Certification is recommended, but not required to work in the field.
The Medical Assistant program instructs students on clinical and theoretical skills needed in training to become a Medical Assistant. Students will be trained to assist in medical settings by performing basic procedures including front office and back office, but not limited to the processing of patients, performing vital sign checks, wound care, suture removal, phlebotomy, and performing Electrocardiograms. In addition, upon completion the graduate will possess a working knowledge in subjects such as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, basic medical office examination procedures, and other Medical Assistant-related skills. Besides the Medical Assistant certification, students will have the opportunity to obtain three additional certifications: the Certified Phlebotomist Certification (CPT) , Certified Electrocardiogram technician (CET), and the Certified Electronic Heath Records Specialist (CEHRS). The student will be granted an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of the program, meeting all course requirements and fulfilling all financial obligations to Dade Medical College.