Announces Best Physician Assistant Degree Programs for 2021 - PR Web

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Albany Tech to promote medical careers during Wednesday presentation - The Albany Herald

Albany Tech to promote medical careers during Wednesday presentation - The Albany Herald

Albany Tech to promote medical careers during Wednesday presentation - The Albany Herald

Posted: 22 Feb 2021 01:57 PM PST

ALBANY — Albany Technical College is looking to promote its Medical Assistant program with a Wednesday online presentation highlighting the growing field.

With baby boomers in the medical field reaching retirement age, and with more elderly patients needing care now and in the future, the program offers an introduction into the medical profession, said Latonya Harris, program director.

"I like to look at the Medical Assisting Program as a gateway career because it provides the foundation for a lot of the medical programs that we offer," she said.

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The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics predicted that growth for medical assistants would grow by 19 percent between 2019 and 2029.

"There will be swift job growth across the healthcare industry in the near future," Albany Tech President Anthony Parker said "With the right training and certifications, this means that a medical assistant can grow a career and earn a good living because of their valuable experience in the healthcare industry over time."

Albany Tech noted that with the average U.S. lifespan of 75 years expected to increase, there will be a need for better and affordable managed health care in the future. Qualified graduates are eligible for positions such as medical assistants, certified medical assistants and phlebotomy technicians.

The program offers basic training that can lead to further education opportunities in fields such as surgical, nursing, radiology and pharmacy.

"This program has a clinical and an administrative portion," Harris said. "In the clinical portion, the students learn to draw blood, and they learn to give injections, learn to perform a urinalysis, assist patients, and check vital signs. In the administrative portion, they learn to communicate with insurance companies, help the patient to fill out insurance papers, schedule appointments and things of that nature."

The Medical Assisting program offers a degree in applied sciences and graduates are allowed to sit for the certification exam. Graduates also can qualify for phlebotomy certification.

"We do have an externship (during) the final semester, (through which) the students get to go out to various clinics here in Albany, and they can perform the skills they have learned here in labs," Harris said.

"The students do not get paid, but they receive a grade. Depending on how well the students do at their clinical setting, most of the time they are offered a position before they graduate."

Column: Two options for medical assistant career available at Minnesota West | The Globe - The Globe

Posted: 10 Feb 2021 12:00 AM PST

WORTHINGTON As you wait to see your provider at the clinic, a friendly professional emerges and calls your name. They take you to an exam room where they introduce themselves, record your medical history, check your vital signs and help prepare you for the exam. Later that same person assists your provider with the exam or procedure, gives you any needed medication and provides patient education. They may also draw your blood, collect a urine specimen, code your visit, schedule a follow-up appointment and much more. This versatile health care professional is likely a CMA (certified medical assistant).

Medical assistants are allied health professionals who work in ambulatory care settings such as clinics and medical offices. They are trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. Currently there are, and will probably continue to be, almost unlimited opportunities for formally educated medical assistants who obtain certification following graduation. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development lists "medical assistants" as the 20th of the top 30 jobs in demand in the state. The average hourly wage is $20.41, and there are currently 9,950 medical assistants employed in Minnesota.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College offers two program options for the medical assistant career, a diploma (44 credits) and an associate of applied science degree (60 credits). Because Minnesota West's Medical Assistant Program is accredited by CAAHEP (the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs), graduates are eligible to take the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) certification exam following graduation. Certification leads to the best job opportunities.

Both new high school graduates and non-traditional students are welcomed into Minnesota West's MA Program. Class sizes are small and instructors are accessible to work one-on-one with students. Hands-on skills are perfected at the college's Luverne Center, where classroom spaces simulate actual clinic exam rooms and a clinical laboratory. The administrative and general courses needed for program completion are offered online so students are only required to come to the center two days per week for the clinical courses.

Students may begin courses in the Medical Assistant Program at the beginning of fall semester, spring semester or summer session. There are both full-time and part-time options, and courses taken for other Minnesota West programs or at other colleges may transfer toward completion of this program.

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The final course required for program completion is the Medical Assistant Practicum. Longer than provided in most other MA programs, the 270 hours of experience working in an actual clinic setting ensures graduates are at entry-level competency when entering the job market. The practicum is supervised and provides hands-on experience with actual patients in administrative and clinical departments of the practicum site.

Minnesota West tracks medical assistant student outcomes annually. For the 2020 graduating class, both the CMA exam pass rate and job placement were 100%.

Students considering the challenge of a diverse career as a medical assistant should possess an interest in the life sciences, the ability to work accurately with attention to detail, problem-solving skills, good communication skills, a desire to work as part of a team, genuine empathy and the drive to continue learning. A career as a medical assistant can offer vast rewards, and the program at Minnesota West Community & Technical College is an affordable high-quality option.

Lisa Smith is an instructor in Minnesota West's Medical Assistant Program.


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