What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistant consists of multi-skilled practitioners who complete a wide range of roles in physician’s offices and health care settings. They are viewed as partners in increasing medical office productivity because they are versatile in both administrative and clinical duties. Administrative duties include such tasks as answering phones, greeting patients, updating and filing medical records, completing insurance forms, scheduling appointments, billing and bookkeeping. Clinical duties include such tasks as collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, patient history taking, phlebotomy, performing electrocardiograms, and other basic testing procedures. According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, medical assisting will be one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States in the decade from 2004 to 2014.
Requirements for Acceptance into the Medical Assistant Program
Gogebic Community College offers a full time certificate program for Medical Assisting. It runs three consecutive semesters, with the practicum experience running in the summer semester. The program begins each August and classes are held on the main campus in Ironwood with some online classes. Practicum sites are located in Ironwood and the surrounding areas.
**Applicants need to be aware that any history of misdemeanor and/or felony conviction or past abuse may make them ineligible to meet clinical requirements, thus being unable to complete the program. **
**Graduate students will be eligible to sit for a national medical assisting certification exam. **
For more information contact Nicole Rowe,
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