Across the state there is a high demand for Medical Assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. The Pine Technical & Community College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Medical Assistant program is a 60-credit program that prepares students to become a multi-skilled professional who is dedicated to assist in patient care management.
Medical Assistant graduates at PTCC are prepared to assist medical providers with examinations and procedures, update the patient’s medical chart, perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing, sterilize instruments and supplies, assist with minor surgeries, administer medications, perform venipunctures and EKG’s, and provide support for the front medical office administrative services.
After successful completion of the program, graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
The program includes courses covering Health & Disease, Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, and Medical Dosages. It also covers Administrative courses which include Accounting, Insurance processing and Coding, Office Practices, Medical Law & Ethics. Students will learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, and CPR and first aid. The program is designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate today’s clinic specialties and practitioner’s, along with the clinic locations and size of the practice.
Medical Assistants held about 483,600 jobs in 2008. About 62 percent worked in offices of physicians; 13 percent worked in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities; and 11 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and optometrists. Most of the remainder worked in other healthcare industries, such as outpatient care centers and nursing and residential care facilities.
The graph below is the most recent (2018) reporting year statistics for the Medical Assisting Program at Pine Technical & Community College.
2018 Annual Report - MAERB
Source: Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 2018 Annual Report Form (ARF).
Employment opportunities for medical assistants are expected to grow by 34 percent now through 2018, representing much faster growth than average, compared to other industries.
Medical Assistant Career Information
Accreditation and Recognition
Pine Technical & Community College's Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org