Medical Assistants perform clinical duties including (but not limited to), assisting the physician with exams and treatments, performing EKGs and laboratory testing, administering medications both orally and by injection, taking vital signs, drawing blood, assisting with office surgeries, providing wound care and performing suture/staple removal, and acting as a patient advocate. They are also trained in administrative tasks which include patient reception, records management, billing and insurance claim form processing, and medical office management. Additionally, they may manage emergency situations, facilities, and personnel. Competence in the field also requires that Medical Assistants have knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, display professionalism, communicate effectively, have extensive Electronic Health Record training, and provide instruction to patients according to their individual needs.
Medical Assistants who hold a CMA(AAMA) credential will be qualified for positions in physician offices or clinics working as both clinical and administrative Medical Assistants and may also find positions in a hospital working as EKG Techs, Phlebotomists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Patient Care Technicians, to name a few.
The medical assistant program consists of one year of general education classes and one year of core program courses that will provide the student with extensive training in all aspects of the Medical Assistant profession in the classroom. The MA Capstone course and MA Clinical Practicum are the culmination of the program and provide the students with the opportunity to apply the skills learned during the program in a medical setting, preparation for the national certification exam, and preparation for securing a position in the field.
Jackson College graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant [CMA(AAMA)] credential by taking the American Association of Medical Assistant's certification examination upon completion of their program. This certification meets the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid credentialing requirements for health professionals to be able to enter specific information into the Electronic Health Record.
The Jackson College Certificate-Medical Assistant program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org)
upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1362 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: (727) 210 2350