Medical Assisting offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate options. These credentials prepare students to perform administrative and clinical duties in offices of health practitioners. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the AAMA Certification Examination, where, upon passing the examination, the individual earns the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential.
Acceptance into the program is limited, and a screening procedure is used to select the academically best qualified students. The screening deadline is the first Wednesday in May (for Fall admittance into the day cohort) and the last Wednesday in October (for Spring admittance into the evening cohort).
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Medical Assisting is a program housed by the Biological & Health Sciences Division.
Medical assistants perform both administrative duties and clinical duties.
Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, handling telephone calls and written correspondence, performing medical transcription, submitting insurance claims, and maintaining practice finances.
Clinical duties may include asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician and as permitted by state law.
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly growing health care industries will result in fast employment growth for the occupation.
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Meet Deb Haasch, chair of the Medical Assisting program at CLC, see what happens in the classroom and hear what three students have to say about their experience in the program. Classes are held at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan.
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