MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM
Medical Assistants are multi-skilled healthcare professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings performing the following skills:
- CLIA diagnostic testing
- Taking & recording vitals
- Assisting with exams and minor surgeries
- Utilize electronic medical records
- Practice finances
- Medical coding
As a graduate, you will be able to select from hundreds of job opportunities all over the country and know that the education you received from Mount Wachusett Community College has prepared you for the challenges that you will meet.Jobs will be found in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospital specialty departments, insurance or billing companies, working regular hours with no shift work, weekends, or holidays.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that medical assisting is expected to grow much faster than the average through 2022, due to the many changes in the health care industry. The average pay rate for an entry level medical assistant is $15.00/hr.
Our students gain knowledge of Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathopharmacology, Computer Applications, Clinical Applications as well as Administrative Applications.
Students complete two directed practice experiences (externships) that allow the student to apply classroom education to the “real world”.
The selective Medical Assisting curriculum is designed to be a two-semester program requiring completion of the courses outlined. The focus of this curriculum shall be on the student’s successful attainment of the competencies outlined in the Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
The Medical Assisting Program at MWCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (MAERB/AAMA)
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Medical assisting students gain real experience by completing two externships. Not only do externships give you great work experience, but they also look good on a resume.