Medical Assistants are typically seen as the Jack of all Trades in providing basic nursing care. Medical Assistants are widely used in the healthcare industry because of the many different roles they can fill in the workplace. In Petra’s 224-hour Medical Assistant course (144 hours of class/lab time and 80 hours of externship) some of the topics that will be discussed include:
- Assist physician with patient examinations
- Remove sutures and staples
- Change sterile dressings
- Enter patient information into medical records
- Measure vital signs
- Schedule patient appointments
- Collect and prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
- Perform electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- Administer patient injections or medications, as directed by the physician
Upon graduation students will be prepared to sit for the American Allied Health national exam to become a Registered Medical Assistant.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
|Non-Refundable (transferable one time), Registration Fee||$50.00|
|Textbook (may be purchased at the school)||$130.00|
|AAH National Certification Exam Fee||$110.00|
Where Can I Work?
- Physician Offices
- Medical Clinics
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. *
*”Medical Assistants.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 30 June 2016.