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Medical Assistant

The Medical Assisting Program at Apollo Career Center is a full-time certificate program. The goal of the program is to provide a balanced clinical and administrative curriculum. This is accomplished with comprehensive lectures and laboratory courses, as well as a clinical practicum's in local community health care facilities.

Duties of Medical Assistants include, but are not limited to: Administrative Duties: Medical coding and billing, medical transcription, processing insurance, schedule appointments, risk management, handle correspondence, manage electronic health records, greet patients, and answer telephones, medical transcription, manage practice finances, etc..  Clinical Duties: Basic patient care, take medical history, perform laboratory testing, vital signs, draw blood, perform EKG's, give injections, prepare patients for x-rays, remove sutures, assisting with examinations, infection control, medical asepsis, performing diagnostic procedures, etc..

Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older.

  • Graduate from a State Department of Education approved high school or have GED equivalency certificate.

  • Pass required standards on pre-entrance and assessment tests which evaluate math and reading skills.

  • Interview with the Director.

  • Provide personal and employer references.

  • Submit health information.

  • Must be able to transfer clients safely, read charts and collect objective data.

  • Immunizations are required.

  • Current AHA BLS CPR (Healthcare Provider)

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Graduation 

A certificate in medical assisting is granted from Apollo Career Center upon successful completion of the program.  After completion of Apollo’s CAAHEP accredited program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to achieve the CMA (AAMA) credential**.

What does this mean to you?  It means that you can be employed as a medical assistant before you are certified. To date, you are not required to take the CMA (AAMA) exam in the state of Ohio to be employed.  However, most institutions require that you be certified before you can be hired. Other employers require certification within 90 days or 6 months of employment. If certification is not sought and achieved, your employment can be terminated. You cannot take the CMA (AAMA) certification exam unless you graduate from an ABHES or CAAHEP accredited program.

 **You must meet the requirements of the AAMA to take the CMA (AAMA) examination. Graduation from this program does not guarantee you will be eligible for the test. For more information about the requirements of the AAMA please visit their website at www.aama-ntl.org


ACCREDITATION

Apollo Career Center’s Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763             
(727) 210-2350                      
www.caahep.org

Apollo Career Center’s Medical Assisting Program’s Annual Report Form Outcomes

  • The Medical Assisting program at Apollo Career Center has a job placement rate average of 92.94% over the past five years.
  • Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Apollo Career Center are satisfied with the education that they receive at Apollo Career Center, as there is an average 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.
  • Five-year average for employer satisfaction: 100%

5-Year averages taken from the Apollo Career Center’s 2016 MAERB Annual Report

FAQs on Medical Assisting

State of Ohio Key Scope of Practice Laws 

 

Job Outlook

Medical Assistants make up the largest group of Allied Health occupations, working side-by-side with both physicians and professional medical personnel in private practice, clinics, medical laboratories, and hospitals.

According to the United States Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

 Additional Resources

Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants        

American Association of Medical Assistants    

West Central Ohio Chapter of Medical Assistants