Medical Assisting Technology
Gloria Adams, CMA (AAMA), NCMA
MCC’s Medical Assisting Technology program gives students the knowledge and skills to help ensure job placement into the ever growing medical field. Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession whose practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical Assistants function as members of the health-care delivery team and perform many administrative and clinical procedures. The business administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients; obtaining patients’ data; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls, correspondence, reports, and manuscripts; assuming responsibility for office care; and handling insurance matters, office accounts, fees, and collections. The clinical duties vary according to state law and may include preparing patients for examination, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, performing routine office laboratory procedures and electrocardiograms, preparing and administering medications and immunizations, sterilizing instruments and equipment for office procedures, and instructing patients in preparation for X-ray and laboratory examinations. Both administrative and clinical duties involve purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment.
Application Deadline: May 1st for class beginning in August
Accreditation: The Medical Assisting Technology Program at Meridian Community College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by CAAHEP. This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.