Across the state, there is a high demand for Medical Assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. Pine Technical & Community College’s Medical Assistant program will prepare you to perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. Designed with flexibility in mind, coursework includes Phlebotomy and Electrocardiography (EKG/ECG) training, as the duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty.
This degree program includes courses covering anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as keyboarding, transcription, record keeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. Students will study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics and will be prepared to take a national certification exam upon the completion of the coursework.
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 Medical Assisting program at Pine Technical & Community College has a job placement rate average of 100% and student retention average of 95.56%, and CMA Exam pass rate of 89.19% based on a five year average (2013-2016).
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