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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

According to www.lmi.state.oh.us, “the outlook for medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 due to the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. Job prospects should be very good. With the increased use of electronic health records, technicians with a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.”

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


Medical Assistant Program Manager
Tara Shepherd

Phone: (419) 998-2971
Fax: (419) 998-2994
Email: tara.shepherd@apollocc.org

  • Current Program Director of Medical Assisting, Medical Insurance Specialist, Phlebotomy, Medical Transcription, and various short-term other allied health courses.
  • Develops customized training and staff professional development courses in medical office administration, professionalism, infection control, medical asepsis, communication, and workplace applications.
  • Graduate University of Northwestern Ohio – Business/ Healthcare Administration/Medical Assisting
  • CMA (AAMA) credential
  • Over 14 years experience in medical profession. Experience includes acute, long term, and ambulatory care (both clinical and administrative areas)
  • Member of AAMA
  • Member of OSSMA and WCCMA – Previous OSSMA Public Relations Chair
  • Apollo Academy of Medical Careers Instructor since 2002 in the skills and clinical areas for Primary Care and Specialty Offices. Academic instructor in: Professionalism/Legal Issues, Medical Coding & Billing, Pharmacology, Clinical Procedures, Medical Office Management, and Office Communications.

 

Medical Assistant Schedule

Days: Mon – Thurs, some Fridays
Day Time: Classes 9 am – 3 pm
Hours: 900 (43 weeks)
Start – End: 08/14/17 – 06/14/18
Detail Calendar:  17-18 Calendar Days Click Here
Financial Aid available
Tuition FY18: $9,600 plus fees (see application)

Tuition Cost Breakdown

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

Gainful Employment Disclosure 2015-2016

Placement Rate Methodology


Print Application    Grades & Attendance

Med Asst Get Started

HOW DO I BEGIN?

ArrowSTEP 1: Get your APPLICATION You may download and print it using the link, or pick one up in our office.
                    Read through it completely and return it to Apollo with your application fee.

ArrowSTEP 2: Begin your financial aid by filling out the FAFSA at home. Click Here
You can do this at any time; even before Step 1.

ArrowSTEP 3: Once the Medical Assistant department has the required items on file, you will be notified to begin testing.

ArrowSTEP 4: Work Keys and HESI testing (by appt. only).  Links to study for these tests will be provided.

ArrowSTEP 5: Interview with the program manager (by appointment only).

ArrowSTEP 6: Make an appointment with the financial aid manager to discuss your financial aid and payment options.
                       Financial aid


Medical Assistant Testimonials

Ms. Shepherd,
I’m not sure if you remember me, but I am a past graduate of your Medical Assisting program at Apollo. Since completion of the program, I have obtained my CMA and have been working in Columbus, OH.  After only a few short years after graduation, I was able to break into medical office management, which is ironic because I remember you always saying that would be the area in which you felt I could be successful in – and here I am! Since then, however, numerous medical organizations have been rapidly moving to the implementation of EHRs and because of this, I decided in September of last year to enroll myself in a Health Information Technology certification program offered by Columbus State Community College. I have a technical background along with my medical education, so I felt like this certification would not only provide me with a larger scope of skills, but also brand me as a more marketable employee in the healthcare arena.

The reason I am messaging you today, however, is because I just simply feel the need to thank you and Apollo. Since being back in school and doing my classwork and studies, I am realizing now that the level of education, guidance, and instruction I had received from Apollo was beyond exemplary and has assisted me greatly in preparation for this new venture. I strongly feel that you and the other instructors really guided us in learning the material and prepared us significantly for the CMA exam (as well as our careers). You facilitated an excellent learning environment for us with both lab work and lecture and I really was able to absorb a great deal because of it. I never thought 6 years ago that I would be where I am today in my career and I feel that a lot of that is thanks to you. I may not have known it at the time or appreciated it as much back then, but I surely do now. So again, I just wanted to let you know that you and the other staff and instructors at Apollo did an outstanding job with our class and I am personally extending to you my many thanks and gratitude.
I hope that you are doing well and that the MA program at Apollo is still thriving!
Best regards, Andrea M.