Medical Assistant Program

In today's bustling health care industry, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 29 percent nationally from 2012 to 2022.* At American Career College, our Medical Assistant Program is designed to help you quickly prepare for a rewarding occupation and an exciting future.

PICK UP THE PACE! Want to fast-track your career as a Medical Assistant? This program offers an accelerated option to earn your diploma in about 9 months.

* Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

Medical Assistant | Los Angeles, OC & Ontario, CA

"I realized that I needed to find more than just a new job - I needed to find a steady career. I enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at ACC and was hired full time upon graduating!"

Medical Assistant Overview

The ACC Medical Assistant program is designed to help you prepare for a rewarding career in an exciting environment like a medical office, clinic, HMO or other health care setting. Today's medical assistants play important roles assisting physicians, such as:

  • Scheduling patient appointments;
  • Maintaining patient medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance purposes;
  • Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories;
  • Preparing patients for examinations;
  • and many other important responsibilities.

ACC's dynamic curriculum can help you quickly develop your knowledge and skills in both administrative and clinical procedures relevant to the expectations of today's employers.

The focus is on your success!

The goal of our program is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications to begin your career as a medical assistant or related profession.

*ACC cannot guarantee employment.

The Medical Assistant program is available at the following campuses:

 

Careers After I Graduate

Most medical assistants work in physicians' offices and other healthcare facilities, and there is a growing demand for professionals who have been trained to do routine administrative and clinical duties which leave  physicians more time to see patients. Upon successful completion of the ACC Medical Assistant program, you can expect to qualify for entry-level positions and may obtain employment in:

  • Doctors' Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and Other Health Organizations
  • Research Facilities
  • HMOs
  • Medical Call Centers

A few interesting statistics* about Medical Assistant careers:

  • Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent nationally from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties.
  • An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants.
  • Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the health care industry.

What Will I Learn

This curriculum is divided into learning units called modules. Students are required to complete the Introduction to Healthcare module before beginning the standalone core modules. The final component of the curriculum is a 160-hour externship that will be arranged for you at an appropriate area healthcare facility. Modules for the ACC Medical Assistant program include:

  • Introduction to Healthcare Professions – The course provides an overview of healthcare professions, including the history of medicine, ethical standards, medical terminology and behaviors that are expected of professionals in the field.
  • Medical Assistant Roles and Responsibilities – Topics covered in this module include the legal responsibilities of physicians and healthcare team members; the importance of asepsis and sterile techniques; medical emergencies and first aid procedures; and how to interact and communicate effectively in a professional environment.
  • Office Procedures and Clinical Practices – In this module, you will be challenged to learn and identify the basic structural components and functions of the skeletal, muscular, digestive and integumentary systems. Emphasis is placed on patient care, including the complete physical exam and positioning and draping for a variety of procedures.
  • Medical Terminology/Transcription/Patient Records – Coursework in this module covers use of the medical dictionary, medical terms, and medical abbreviations. You will also learn how to obtain information from patient charts and ledgers to complete insurance forms accurately.
  • Electrocardiogram and Laboratory Procedures – In this module, you will receive training in the circulatory and respiratory systems, including the structure and function of the heart and lungs. You will learn about the electrical pathways of the heart muscle in preparation for connecting EKG leads and recording an electrocardiogram.
  • Medical Office Business Procedures – This module focuses on preparing you with an understanding of billing, collecting, and banking procedures. You will learn how to schedule appointments and effectively communicate on the telephone using proper etiquette.
  • Clinical and Surgical Procedures – In this module, you will learn to identify the basic structural components and functions of the neurosensory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. You will also be introduced to assisting in minor surgical procedures and to the importance of patient education.
  • Medical Assistant Externship – Under the direct supervision of qualified personnel, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills presented and practiced throughout the program.

For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.

What Will I Do as a Medical Assistant

Once you have completed your ACC training and earned your diploma, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities as an entry-level Medical Assistant.

As a Medical Assistant, you will often be the first person in an office or clinic to interact with a patient, and you will often be responsible for keeping the office organized and running smoothly. Your employer will be counting on you to fill an important position in their hospital, clinic, or doctor's office. Your day-to-day responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing patients for exams
  • Taking medical histories
  • Assisting doctors with patient exams
  • Recording vital signs
  • Prepping instruments for doctors
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Scheduling patient appointments

You'll be on your way!

A commitment to your career can result in the ongoing development of your skills and increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you start your career, ACC's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.

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