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Why Should You Go into Medical Assisting?
NOTE: This program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits, with class cohorts beginning each fall. For more information, see the Program Information Bulletin.
Medical Assistants perform a variety of basic medical duties, mostly in medical office settings. LBCC's Medical Assistant program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program that provides training in office administration, medical procedures, and people skills necessary for a successful medical career.
Medical assistants perform a variety of basic medical duties, primarily in the outpatient setting. These duties may include:
- Taking patient histories
- Recording patients' vital signs
- Collecting and preparing laboratory specimen.
- Preparing patients for exams, X-rays, and procedures
- Taking patient EKG's
- Phlebotomy, wound dressing, and other duties
Medical assistants may also have clerical duties, which may include completing insurance forms, scheduling appointments, billing, and bookkeeping.
The Medical Assistant program at Linn-Benton Community College has a job placement rate of 93.3% for the admission cohort that entered in 2016.
LBCC's Medical Assisting program prepares you to function under the supervision of a licensed physician or health care provider. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the American Association of Medical Assistants. Our graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination, conducted by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.
Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
The typical education level for this career is a certificate from the AAMA.
The median hourly earnings for this career is $18.00-$20.00.
Annual Openings: 2,044
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