Medical Assisting (Degree)
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|Program Title||Program Type||Completion Time|
|Medical Assisting Diploma||Diploma||1 year|
|Medical Assisting A.A.S.||Degree||2 years|
The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.
Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.
Graduates of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited medical assisting program may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. VGCC´s Medical Assisting program is CAAHEP accredited and has an 81% passing rate on the AAMA Certification examination. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.
Potential applicants should follow the admissions requirements and specific deadlines available through the college admissions office. Suggested High School courses for individuals desiring a career as a Medical Assistant include advanced biology, algebra, keyboarding/computer applications.