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the medical assistant training program at the allen school of health sciences provides a curriculum that includes theory and skills in many areas. medical assistants work under the direct supervision of a physician or other licensed healthcare provider. medical assistants are typically employed in medical offices, urgent care clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and medical specialties such as pediatrics, internal medicine, urology, dermatology, and cardiology.
this training program is offered at both our brooklyn and jamaica/queens ny campuses, as well as our phoenix az campus. courses include hands on clinical skills as well as theory classes and students get to receive real-world experience during the internship included as part of this training program.
about the medical assistant training program
the medical assistant program at the allen school of health sciences provides a curriculum that includes theory and skills in many areas including:
- computer literacy, including keyboarding and word processing composing professional business letters and memos.
- administrative skills such as front office operations, telephone skills, appointment scheduling, medical records management, and patient billing practices.
- overview of the healthcare system and understanding of healthcare insurance programs
- understanding the structure and basic functions of the human body as well as common illness and disorders.
- measuring vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration), and preparing patients for examinations
- obtaining electrocardiograms (ekg)
- performing phlebotomy (blood drawing) basic urinalysis, and waived laboratory tests
- effective communication and developing good patient relations.
- medical law and ethics as it pertains to the scope of practice for a medical assistant.
- beginning a successful medical assistant career by creating a professional resume and examining effective interview techniques.
what does a medical assistant do?
a medical assistant is a multi-skilled healthcare professional that is able to provide support in the administrative and clinical area of the medical practice. they assist the physician and other healthcare providers in the delivery of medical care. while the duties of a medical assistant are vast and varied, typically those duties include:
- updating and managing patient medical records
- verifying insurance coverage
- authorizing specialist referrals
- scheduling appointments
- assisting with minor office surgery and caring for surgical instruments
- managing the medical supply inventory
- drawing blood and performing waived lab tests
- preparing patients for the physician and assisting with examinations
- performing electrocardiography
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in their final phase of medical assistant training, students complete an internship in a healthcare facility under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
career outlook for medical assistants
- new york is among the states with the highest employment levels for medical assistants*
- employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.**
- aging population will continue to increase the need for medical professionals through 2022***
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