Medical Assistant Program

Medical Assistant Program at Ross Medical Education Center

Looking for Medical Assistant career training from an institutionally accredited school?

Ross has Medical Assistant Training Programs in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. As the healthcare industry expands due to technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, there may be an increased need for healthcare workers, including Medical Assistants. Medical Assisting is projected to be among America’s growing occupations from 2012 through 2022 with an expected national job growth of 29%.*

Medical Assistant Program Overview

The Medical Assistant program at Ross Medical Education Center can be completed in just 30 weeks for day students and 36 weeks for afternoon and evening students. The program provides instruction on basic human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, medical terminology, first aid, assisting with examinations, and performing procedures. Instructors also give direction on administrative office skills including medical charting and filing, basic word processing and computer information, customer service skills, and various other routine medical office procedures. After successfully completing the program, students should be prepared to work in entry-level positions in a physician’s office, clinic, or other medical setting.

Medical Assistant students are given practical hands-on instruction in areas such as:

  • Exam room procedures
  • Phlebotomy
  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Vital signs
  • Routine laboratory tests
  • Administration of medications
  • Medical insurance billing
  • Receptionist duties
  • Medical office procedures
  • Financial recordkeeping
  • Word processing/keyboarding
  • Medical histories

In addition to the core Medical Assistant training, Ross Medical Education Center goes a step above and provides instruction in networking techniques, tools to write a professional resume, and interview strategies.

Medical Assistant Externships

Ross Medical Education Center requires diploma/certificate program students to complete a practical externship in order to graduate. The externship is crucial to the learning experience for every Ross student, giving them a chance to apply what they have been given instruction on in the classroom to a real world setting.

The externship also provides employers an opportunity to assess students’ skills prior to hiring entry-level allied health professionals.

In addition, unlike some other schools, Ross does not schedule or require any waiting period for externships as part of the curriculum! This is another example of our commitment to students’ success.

Certification for Medical Assistant Graduates

Certification is important to potential employers as they seek to hire the best and most qualified candidates. Becoming certified gives evidence that you have the necessary skills and knowledge as well as high commitment to your field. It shows that you are dedicated to providing excellent patient care and desire to continue growing in your profession.

Ross Medical Education Center and Ross College in Sylvania understand the importance of certification and are confident in the preparation they provide to graduates. Due to this, Ross offers reimbursement to graduates that take the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam through American Medical Technologists.

Licensure & Accreditation

All Ross Medical Education Center campuses and Ross College in Sylvania, OH are
institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Ross Campuses that offer the Medical Assistant Program

Career Opportunities for Medical Assistants

Becoming a Medical Assistant may be an excellent investment in your future. As the number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities increases, the demand for support personnel also increases. This requires more Medical Assistants who have been trained for both administrative and clinical duties. Additionally, some doctors may find that increasing the number of Medical Assistants in their practice allows them the opportunity to care for more patients.

Medical Assistant positions are available in many job markets nationwide and the highest qualified candidates experience the greatest demand. As a multi-skilled professional with clinical and administrative skills, employment opportunities may be strong both now and in the years ahead.

Depending on the size and location of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty, the roles of Medical Assistants vary from one workplace to another. Medical Assistants in smaller offices frequently perform both administrative and clinical duties. In this case, they would generally report directly to a physician or other health practitioner. Medical Assistants in larger practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.

Medical Assistants may find career opportunities in the following:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • HMOs
  • Laboratories
  • Various other medical settings

Medical Assistant Job Responsibilities

Medical Assistants are cross-trained to be able to perform both administrative and clinical tasks in a variety of facilities. The specific tasks required can vary significantly from one facility to the next depending on the size, speciality, and location of the practice.

Administrative Tasks as a Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants’ administrative duties begin with tasks typical of any office and build on a medical foundation to provide the edge in a competitive job market. These tasks may include answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing medical records, processing insurance claims, scheduling appointments, coordinating hospital admission and laboratory services, billing, coding, bookkeeping, and electronic prescription processing.

Clinical Tasks as a Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants’ clinical duties may vary according to state law. These duties may include taking patients’ medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for examination, assisting the physician during the examination, collecting and preparing lab specimens, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing medical instruments, performing phlebotomy, test scheduling and patient education, taking electrocardiograms, and removing sutures.

Ross does not guarantee employment.

*Source as of 01/08/2014: US Dept. of Labor Statistic Occupational Outlook Handbook