The Medical Assistant plays an important role as a member of the Health Care team in a physician's office or clinic. Theory and practical application in the fundamentals of medical diagnostic and laboratory techniques are taught. Medical Assistant students are introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the body systems and become Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certified. In addition, students engage in "hands-on" training with regard to veni-puncture, injections, urinalysis, electrocardiography, measurement of vital signs, and preparation for physical and specialty exams. Students are taught basic medical office administrative procedures. The graduate is equipped with skills and knowledge necessary to meet the requirements of an entry-level Medical Assistant.
Each course stands alone as a unit of study and is not dependent upon prerequisite training. A student may enter the program at the beginning of any course and continue through the sequence until completion of all courses.
The externship is undertaken following the successful completion of all classroom training, and consists of 256 clock hours, averaging eight hours a day. This externship is unpaid.