The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
Course work includes instruction in:
- coding and processing insurance accounts
- assisting with examinations/treatments
- performing routine laboratory procedures
- supervised medication administration
- ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.
- scheduling appointments
- billing and collections
- medical transcription
- computer operations
Graduates may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.
CCC&TI offers the following educational programs in this area:
Costs at North Carolina community colleges are traditionally the best educational value available for college transfer, technical, and vocational students. For current tuition and fees at Caldwell Community College and Technical institute, contact the Student Services Office at (828) 726-2200, 328-8697, or 264-7670.
Financial assistance is available to qualified students through grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment in the college work-study program.
The employment outlook for Medical Assistants is extremely bright. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, the projected job growth rate for the profession from 2012-2022 is 29 percent, which is much higher than average for all occupations. The median annual wage for Medical Assistants in 2012 is $29,370 per year or $14.12 per hour.