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Medical Assisting Information Session

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Medical Assisting

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals. They work under the direction of a qualified physician, nurse-practitioner or physician assistant and perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks. They work primarily in ambulatory care settings such as medical offices and clinics.

Associate Degree program

5 semesters

  • 4 semesters of classroom work
  • final semester includes a clinical experience (practicum)

The program is offered at Caldwell campus with clinical portions in the surrounding areas.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Versatile and multifaceted profession
  • Employment in variety of settings
  • Over 14,000 MA’s are currently in NC workforce
  • Projections of more than 18,000 will be needed by 2022

EDUCATION OF THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT

  • Courses in a Medical Assisting Program
    • General Education
    • Administrative
    • Clinical Courses (lab procedures, exam procedures)
    • Practicum 240 hours (Clinical experience)
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WHAT DO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS DO?

Administrative duties

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Maintaining medical records
  • Billing and coding for insurance purposes

Clinical duties

  • Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Drawing blood
  • Administering medications as directed by physician

SALARY INFORMATION / JOB GROWTH

  • The employment outlook for Medical Assistants is extremely bright. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment Statistics, the projected job growth rate for the profession from 2014-2024 is 23 percent, which is much higher than average for all occupations. The median annual wage for Medical Assistants in 2015 is $30,590 per year or $14.71 per hour.
    – Source: NC Employment Security Commission

COURSE WORK

Semester by semester course work information is available in the college catalog.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM

  • For MED 260 each student will be placed in a clinical setting for a total of 240 contact hours.
  • Assignment of clinical placements is at the discretion of the MA faculty and may be in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, OB-GYN, or other specialty areas in Caldwell, Watauga, and surrounding counties.
  • Students will practice both administrative and clinical skills.
  • Prior to attending clinical, students must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, drug screen, medical form with updated immunizations, and CPR course for health care providers.
  • Students who fail to complete the above requirements will not be allowed to attend clinical.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE

  • Medical Assistants must project a professional appearance
  • Tattoos must be covered
  • Only one earring per ear
  • No excessive jewelry
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Clean uniforms and shoes
  • Hair pulled back and neat
  • No nose rings, lip rings, etc.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete college application
  2. High school and college transcripts
  3. Meet eligibility requirements to enroll in gateway English and math requirements
  4. Complete Medical Assisting information session
  5. Request a MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Office

Estimated Program Cost

ItemAmountWhen Paid
Tuition*

*May be subject to change without notice as determined by the General Assembly of North Carolina
$5830.00$76.00 per semester hr
+ $35 per semester(Fall and Spring) activity fee + $2 per course campus service fee
Liability (malpractice) ins$13.00Fall II
Accident insurance$6.00Fall I and Fall II
TextbooksTBDOngoing
Uniforms$150.00 plus shoesFall II
Stethoscope$30.00 and upFall II
Criminal Background Ck,
Drug Screen,
Immunization Tracker
$135.00Fall II
Graduation Fee$25.00Fall II

TRAVEL

  • Students are responsible for travel to and from school and clinical sites plus any parking fees.
  • Students are responsible for travel for field trips and community service projects.
  • Students need to have reliable transportation.

ALSO NEEDED

Students will need to have a wristwatch with a second hand for checking time, pulse and respiration.

You can’t use your cell phone in clinical!

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WHERE DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

For Admissions information contact:
Ruthie Price rprice@cccti.edu or 828.726.2711

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

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Contacts

Program Information

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Kimberli Clark RMA, AMT
Instructor
Director
Medical Assisting Program
Health Sciences
Office: Caldwell–H–147 Work Phone: 828.726.2395

Admission Information

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Ruthie Price
Coordinator
Health Sciences Admissions
Student Services
Office: Caldwell–F–123 Work Phone: 828.726.2711