Medical Assistants are specially trained to work in ambulatory medical settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and surgical centers. These multiskilled allied health personnel can function in both administrative and clinical areas.
The Medical Assistant Program offered at Great Falls College MSU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, Florida 33756
fax: (727) 210-2354
Upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for the certifying examination through the AAMA.
Whether you’re new to learning about Medical Assisting, you’re still not sure if MA is right for you, or you need employment while attending college, there is a career path just for you. In as little as one semester, you can earn a Phlebotomy/Pre-Medical Assistant Certificate and work as a phlebotomist while you finish your health science degree.
What Phlebotomists do: Phlebotomists draw blood and perform ECG, and point-of-care testing. Some of them explain their work to patients and provide assistance if patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn.
Job Outlook: Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform blood work.
Pay for Phlebotomists according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $29,730 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,340, and the top 10 percent earned more than $42,600
Program Goals: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.