Overview

If you enjoy helping others and want to train for a high-growth career in a booming field, this course is for you. You'll learn how to assist doctors, dentists and nurses with a variety of tests, procedures and treatments; greet and direct patients; schedule and manage appointments; prepare and update charts and handle other important administrative duties. You'll also acquire broad knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, including terminology for parts of the body, treatments, diagnoses and prescriptions.

The Medical Office Assistant program has been approved by the National Healthcareer Association and can prepare you to sit for the NHA's proctored exam to earn a Medical Administrative Assistant certification.

All textbooks and study materials are included with your tuition.

Career Profile

Medical and dental office assistants work closely with patients and medical colleagues alike. They greet arriving patients, schedule appointments, organize and update charts and other records, help complete and submit insurance claim forms, order supplies and handle bookkeeping. They may also assist in exam and lab procedures and guide and comfort patients receiving various treatments and therapy.

Jobs for medical assistants are expected to grow 31% between 2010 and 2020. That's much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the increase in the number of group practices, clinics and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel – in particular, the medical assistant who can handle a broad variety of clerical and administrative duties. In May 2010, the median annual salary of medical assistants was $28,860.

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