Medical Assistant Diploma Program
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly.
OMCC's Medical Assistant Training Program allows students to master clinical techniques including examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, minor office surgery, routine laboratory procedures including phlebotomy and EKG, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, CPR, and first aid. The program also teaches the student a variety of office skills including answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.
Upon completion of the training program, graduates will receive diplomas and become eligible to take the Medical Assistant National Exam.
» Class Schedule
OMCC Medical Assistant Diploma program is divided into three ten-week terms with one-week break in between each term. We offer both day and evening classes:
|Day Class||3 terms; 61 credit hours|
» Program Calendar
|Start Date||Last Day of Class||Graduation Date|
|February 29, 2016||October 7, 2016||October 21, 2016|
|May 16, 2016||December 23, 2016||January 6, 2017|
|August 1, 2016||March 17, 2017||March 31, 2017|
|October 17, 2016||June 2, 2017||June 16, 2017|
|January 9, 2017||August 18, 2017||September 1, 2017|
|March 27, 2017||November 3, 2017||November 17, 2017|
The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. Medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner.
Administrative medical assistants update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Clinical medical assistants have various duties including taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants also collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.
Mean Annual Salary: $23,700 - $33,050
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008 - 2018 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification.
As the healthcare industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, there will be an increased need for all healthcare workers. The increasing prevalence of certain conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, also will increase demand for healthcare services and medical assistants.