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Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Get SMC’s renowned health care education and a degree that prepares you for a fulfilling job.

If you are looking for a career in the health care industry that offers good pay, stability, a variety
of work setting options, and the chance for advancement, an associate degree in medical
assisting may be the perfect fit for you.

  • About the Medical Assisting Degree

    Medical assistants are specially-trained healthcare professionals who work closely with patients
    and doctors to keep medical clinics and offices running smoothly. They serve an important role
    in health organizations, keeping patient’s files organized and accessible and performing basic
    procedures like drawing blood. Your medical assisting education will prepare you to carry out
    those duties with expert skill.

    In this program, you’ll train to become a medical assistant in classrooms designed to simulate a
    real medical office. You’ll learn how to perform clinical, diagnostic, and lab procedures and get
    an introduction to pharmacology, medical terminology, diseases, insurance claims processing,
    and office administration. All the while you’ll gain practice performing job duties such as
    keeping patients’ records and taking blood pressure (depending on the track chosen). Before
    graduating, you’ll round-out your education and solidify your skills in an internship. You’ll finish
    the program confident in your skills and ready to begin a steady career.

    You can choose from three options: the associate (two-year) degree, a certificate with an
    emphasis in the clinical side of medical assisting, or a certificate in the office side. Most
    students choose to complete the degree, which contains both clinical and office skills and best
    prepares you for employment.

    All options are designed to prepare you to enter the workforce after graduating, however, they
    may be adapted for transfer for further study in related fields, if you desire.
    Graduates are eligible to take the national Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, which
    may enhance employment opportunities.

  • What You’ll Learn

    View the curriculum guide for the Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting.

    View the curriculum guide for the Certificate in Medical Assisting-Clinical.

    View the curriculum guide for the Certificate in Medical Assisting-Office.

  • What Can I Do With a Medical Assisting Degree?

    Medical assistants carry out both administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a
    physician in a variety of types of health care facilities.

    Administrative/office duties may include answering phones, maintaining patient records,
    scheduling appointments, filling out insurance forms, arranging hospital admissions or lab
    services, handling billing and bookkeeping, and other tasks.

    Clinical duties may include taking medical histories, taking and recording vital signs, explaining
    procedures to patients and preparing them for exams, assisting physicians during exams,
    collecting lab specimens and performing basic tests, instructing patients about medications and
    diets, taking electrocardiograms, and more.

    Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing occupations. A 20-23% job growth is expected in
    coming years.

    Careers and Salaries
    Career OptionSalary
    Medical Assistant: $34,800

    2019 median pay. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nursing and Health Services Building

Facilities

The Nursing and Health Education Building reopened in 2019 following a $9.6 million renovation. It is equipped with state-of-the-art skill and simulation labs to train students for real-world scenarios.

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