Medical Assistant Program

Ross has Medical Assistant Training Programs in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. As the healthcare industry expands, there may be an increased need for healthcare workers, including Medical Assistants.

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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.

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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.

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Medical Assistant Classes

Each of our programs is made up of modules that include a mix of hands-on practice and coverage of informational topics. The Medical Assistant program at Ross has six modules. The course is structured so that the modules can be completed in any order. Each one has important parts of your medical assisting training.

Module 1

Introduction to the Office Laboratory
Students will be instructed on the stages of infection as well as the proper and safe handling of microbial specimens. This class will include an overview of OSHA and CLIA regulations and guidelines.

Medical Office Procedures
This class will introduce students to the administrative routines of a medical office. This will include records management, appointment scheduling, reception, an introduction to the electronic medical record and electronic charting, and important aspects of patient interaction.

Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology A
This course includes discussion of the structure and function of the body as a whole. Students will be introduced to anatomical position and direction, function balance, and applicable vocabulary.

Medical/Surgical Asepsis & Infection Control
This class will discuss microbial control and the mechanisms of disease, as well as techniques and procedures used to maintain surgical and medical asepsis.

Module 2

Fundamentals of Assisting
This class will introduce students to the basic routine of the medical office. Skills relating to radiology and patient physical examination and interaction will be covered.

Keyboarding
Students will be presented with keyboard and touch typing techniques and will practice for speed and accuracy.

Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology B
This course will present the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, and urinary systems. The vocabulary regarding these systems will be included.

Urinalysis
This class will introduce students to the structure and function of the kidney, ureters, and bladder. Students will also practice proper collection, care, and handling of urine specimens.

Module 3

Administration of Medicine
This class will provide an introduction to administering, prescribing, and dispensing medication. Some basic aspects of pharmacology as well as practice with administration of medications is included.

Introduction to Word Processing for the Medical Office
Students will receive instruction on basic operations and functions of word processing systems.

Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology C
This course covers the structure and function of the muscular and digestive systems as well as the appropriate vocabulary.



Module 4

Cardiopulmonary Procedures
This class will introduce the electrical conduction system of the heart and the cardiac cycle as they relate to ECGs (Electrocardiograms). Students will perform PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests) using a spirometer and also practice using a nebulizer.

Financial Recordkeeping
This class provides instruction on applying fundamental math concepts to accounts receivable, electronic billing, and collection procedures.

Mathematical Applications in the Medical Field
Students will be introduced to practical applications of basic mathematical concepts including payroll, check writing, inventory, and reading measurements.

Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology D
This course includes a discussion of the structure and function of the heart, blood and blood vessels, and respiratory system. Some cardiopulmonary procedures and disorders, as well as applicable vocabulary, will be taught.

Module 5

Medical Insurance Billing Procedures
This class will include practical application of insurance billing procedures, completion of claim forms, claim tracking, and information extraction. Basic insurance terminology and plans including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMOs and private options are discussed.

Medical Insurance Coding Procedures
Students will be introduced to coding procedures and practical application of the various coding manuals.

Medical Office Automation
Use of electronic medical records for insurance billing and medical office management techniques will be covered in this class. Appropriate patient interaction and the total patient encounter will also be discussed.

Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology E
This course will introduce the structure and function of the endocrine and reproductive systems. This will include hormone regulation, the organs and glands included, diseases and disorders, and applicable vocabulary.

Specialty Examinations and Procedures
Procedures involving the eye and ear, tissue healing, obstetrics, and pediatrics will be discussed in this class. A variety of specialty procedures will be covered.

Module 6

Basic Office First Aid
This class introduces the student to the appropriate handling of medical emergencies including resuscitation, use of an AED, and bandaging wounds.

Hematology
The three methods of venipuncture are introduced in this class. Students will be instructed on a variety of blood-drawing procedures and use of the applicable equipment. Students will get the opportunity to practice performing blood tests and receive direction on their diagnostic value.

Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology F
This course will introduce the structure and function of special senses and the nervous system. This will include sense organs and receptors, eyes, ears, taste, smell, and applicable vocabulary.

Professional Growth and Communication
This class will provide practice and insights to support students in developing confidence and independent job-seeking skills. A variety of skills and topics will be addressed including preparation of resume and cover letter, interviewing techniques, and job search and follow-up.



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).

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Medical Assistant do?
Medical Assistants perform many duties in a variety of medical facilities. Although the specifics may vary by job location, some of their tasks can include gathering health history information, measuring and recording vital signs, scheduling appointments, giving injections, drawing blood samples, assisting doctors with examinations and procedures, and administrative duties.

Where do Medical Assistants work?
Many Medical Assistants work in doctors’ offices and clinics. However, they may also work in other facilities like hospitals, labs, and urgent care facilities.

Will I be able to find a career in medical assisting?
Ross does not guarantee employment. However, each campus has Career Services Representatives on staff that provide job placement assistance to graduates. Also, the market for allied health professionals appears to be expanding. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the market for Medical Assistants is supposed to increase by 29% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for other occupations. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthc%20re/medical-assistants.htm)

What is the average salary for a Medical Assistant?
Salaries vary between employment locations. However, helpful information regarding wages can be found at Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages page. (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm).

What careers can I pursue with Medical Assistant training?
Medical Assistants are able to pursue various similar positions. At Ross, Medical Assistant graduates receive training on both clinical and administrative tasks. That means that they may work in a variety of roles, such as medical office assistants, podiatric medical assistants, optometric assistants, administrative medical assistants, and more. Each employer has different requirements and expectations for employment based on the specific demands of their facility.

How are the duties of a Medical Assistant different from those of other healthcare professionals?
Medical Assistants are typically the first members of the team to greet patients and get them prepared for the nurses and doctors, especially in a physician’s office. Unlike some other roles, Medical Assistants are able to do both clinical and administrative tasks.

To learn more about some of the specific differences between various other positions, check out the pages below:
CNA vs. Medical Assistant
LPN vs. Medical Assistant
Phlebotomy Training

How long does Ross’ Medical Assistant program take?
We know that you want get out into the field fast, so our Medical Assistant program focuses on the clinical and administrative skills that you will use in the workplace. We don’t require the extra unrelated courses that many schools do. So our program can be completed in just 30 weeks for day students and 36 weeks for afternoon and evening students.

Do I have to get registered/certified to work as a Medical Assistant?
Requirements differ by state, but many employers are looking for Registered Medical Assistants (RMAs) or Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs). At Ross, we know how important it is to our graduates and employer partners that our students are prepared at the highest possible level. That’s why we provide reimbursement for one attempt by a graduate of the RMA exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT).

What topics and information will be taught in the Medical Assistant classes?
At Ross, our Medical Assistant program seeks to prepare students for both clinical and administrative duties in a variety of settings. To see the specific course offerings and topics covered, visit our Medical Assistant Classes page.

What is an externship?
After completing the six on-campus modules of the Medical Assistant program, all Ross students are placed by the Career Services team with a local externship site. This provides a location for students to finish their education by practicing all the skills that they have learned in a real-world healthcare setting. Some of the externship sites are hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities, laboratories, or clinics.

What kind of instructors does Ross have in their Medical Assistant program?
Our instructors are healthcare professionals with expertise and experience in the field. They are passionate about healthcare and training new Medical Assistants to enter the field and better themselves and their communities.

At which of the Ross campuses is the Medical Assistant program offered?
We offer Medical Assistant training at each of our campuses across Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Does the Medical Assistant program at Ross include certification?
The certification itself is not included, but we recommend that you sit for a certification exam as it sets you apart from the crowd when applying for work. Although it’s not included in the course, Ross does reimburse graduates once when they sit for the exam.

Is Ross accredited?
Yes we are! Ross Medical Education Center and Ross College in Sylvania, Ohio are institutionally accredited with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Does Ross offer financial aid?
At Ross, Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To read more about Financial Aid and how to find out more information, check out our Financial Aid page.

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