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
- computer operations
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 predicted growth in North Carolina from 2012-2022 is 32% with 730 projected openings annually (NC ESC). The median annual wage for Medical Assistants in 2014 is $29,960 per year or $14.42 per hour (ONET).