Our program will prepare you to work as a multi-skilled health professional who can perform both clinical and administrative duties in physicians’ offices, medical centers, clinics, laboratories, and other ambulatory care settings.
Some common skills and abilities needed for this program include excellent written, oral and reading comprehension; active listening; care and compassion for patients and coworkers; clerical and computer knowledge; attention to detail and accuracy handling information; and integrity.
Medical assistants typically prepare patients and treatment rooms for clinical exams; interact with clients; assist practitioners with exams; take and record vital signs and medical information; help with injections as directed by a primary care provider; handle patient billing and bookkeeping tasks; work with electronic medical records and coordinate appointments, among other tasks.
A Professional Certificate in Medical Assisting can lead directly to employment or count toward an AAS degree in Medical Assisting. Once you complete the Professional Certificate requirements, you will take an exam to become certified. Some employers do not require assistants to be certified, but those who are certified increase their career opportunities.
Classes are offered at SFCC-Clinton and online with clinicals at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare sites and other ambulatory sites.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, medical centers, clinics, laboratories, other healthcare facilities, and insurance billing agencies. Salaries range from $19,980 to $25,340.
Data Sources – The website mynextmove.org, which is developed and maintained by the National Center for O*NET Development, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).
The program starts in August, and application deadline is typically in early March. An additional application is required, and admission is competitive.
- Classes are offered online with one day a week on-ground skills lab at Clinton, Boonville or Lake of the Ozarks.