The Medical Assistant program at the Davis Catalyst Center will prepare students for a qualified position as a medical assistant in a clinical setting. Students will receive comprehensive training in medical office procedures including administrative tasks and clinical skills. Students will participate in a clinical externship following successful completion of course work. The Medical Assistant program is two-semesters, and will count toward 2 CTE credits. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant Certification exam.
What do Medical Assistants do?
Medical assistants play an important role in the daily operations of health care facilities. Medical assistants are responsible for a variety of responsibilities including the following:
- Obtaining patient vital signs
- Taking measurements
- Administering oral and parenteral medications
- Performing wound care
- Assisting during procedures
- Labeling and processing specimens
- Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
- Drawing Blood
- Managing medical records
- Processing Health Insurance
Pre-requisites and Requirements
Medical Anatomy and Physiology: Completion of MAP prior to starting the Medical Assistant Program is preferred, however; Students may be enrolled in MAP and the Medical Assistant program concurrently.
Background Check: Students will need to pass a background check prior to externship placement.
Drug Screen: Students will be required to pass a drug screen prior to externship placement.
Externship: Students will be required to complete a 160-hour externship at the end of their course work. Student externships will be done outside of school hours. Student externships may be done during the summer following graduation, this option will be for students who have late birthdays (students must be 18 when they start their externship), or for students who need more time to pass off skills.
Second Semester Juniors: Juniors who are currently enrolled in MAP may apply to start the Medical Assisting program spring semester of their junior year. These students will begin during spring semester and complete their course work during the fall semester of their senior year. Externships for these students will be completed during the Spring semester of the student’s senior year.
The Davis Catalyst Medical Assisting program is affiliated with the American Medical Technologists (AMT)