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Medical Assisting

If you're caring and compassionate and want a career that can be both personally and professionally gratifying, medical assisting could be just what you're looking for! As a Medical Assistant, you form a crucial link between the patient and the physician. The Medical Assisting program will train you in the knowledge and skills required to be a successful healthcare team member. Students learn communication techniques; medical terminology; infections control; anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical responsibilities, clerical/medical office duties such as maintaining filing systems, use of Electronic Medical Records, professional telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, and patient care. Training includes, but not limited to, administering injections/medication administration, phlebotomy, performing electrocardiograms (EKGs), assisting patients in preparing for examination, diagnostic laboratory procedures, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, collecting specimens, and assisting physicians in minor treatments and basic X-ray procedures.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
HSC0003 A Basic Healthcare Worker (Health Core) 90
MEA0002
MEA0501
B Introduction to Medical Assisting
Medical Office Procedures
250
75
MEA0521 C Phlebotomist, MA 75
MEA0543 D EKG Aide, MA 75
MEA0581
MEA0530
MEA0573
MEA0506
MEA0942
E Clinical Assisting
Pharmacology for Medical Assisting
Laboratory Procedures
Administrative Office Procedures
Practicum Experience
230
90
125
90
200
    TOTAL HOURS 1300

Starting Date:
January 2019 
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 

Overview

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Clinical hours vary

Approximately $6,034
Medical Assisting Fee Sheet
 

The mission of the Health Education Department at Fort Myers Technical College is to provide quality career education that will develop caring, compassionate, safe, skilled and dynamic healthcare practitioners prepared to meet the workforce demand. The faculty assesses each student’s abilities and talents thereby guiding the student toward achievement of his/her potential. Partnerships with members of the Southwest Florida healthcare community assure the success of the mission of the programs. By establishing learning situations in which the student can experience success, students achieve marketable skills, personal satisfaction, and career enhancement in healthcare.

  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Safety and Security Procedures
  • Infection Control
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clerical/Medical Office Duties
  • Medical Terminology
  • Processing Medical Documents
  • Recognize and Respond to Emergency Situations
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • IV Therapy
  • Basic X-ray Procedures
  • Pharmaceutical Principles
  • Professional work habits
  • Practicum Experience

Details

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assisting (CCMA)

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Industry

  • Physicians' Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Insurance Billing
  • Laboratory Assisting

    According to O'Net Online, jobs for medical assistants are expected to grow 33% in Florida between 2014 - 2024.

Steps to Enroll

Prospective students must be 17 years of age or a high school graduate or its equivalent by the first day of class and meet minimum admission criteria for Medical Assisting. Once accepted, the student is required to have a physical, immunizations, drug screen, and background check.

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Meet with an admissions specialist
  3. Take the TABE test, if applicable
  4. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  5. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  6. Provide appropriate residency documents
  7. Complete application packet 
  8. Pay application fee

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