Medical Assistant--More About the Program
of a career as a medical assistant?
As a Medical Assistant (MA), you will work in a challenging, changing,
rewarding profession. Graduates of the Moraine Valley Community College Medical
Assistant Program possess an exceptionally broad, thorough knowledge of the
field in which they will be working. Medical assistants are uniquely trained to
work in both clinical and administrative settings. MAs give health care a human
touch, helping patients to feel at ease in the doctor's office and to understand
physicians' instructions. If you have good communications skills and are often
appreciated for your caring manner, then you might be well suited for a career
in medical assisting.
are the job prospects for Medical Assistants?
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than
average for all occupations through the year 2020 as the health care industry
expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging
of the population. Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly
growing health care industry will further stimulate job growth. Job prospects
should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience,
particularly for those with certification. Medical assistants held about 527,600
jobs in 2010. About 6 out of 10 worked in offices of physicians; about 14
percent worked in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and
outpatient facilities; and 11 percent worked in offices of other health
practitioners, such as chiropractors, optometrists, and podiatrists. The rest
worked mostly in outpatient care centers, public and private educational
services, other ambulatory health care services, State and local government
agencies, employment services, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and nursing
Assistants may work full-time or part-time and are paid competitive wages and
can receive valuable benefits. More importantly, MAs have the satisfaction of
knowing that they are helping others and making a positive difference in
Sources: American Association of Medical Assistants and U. S. Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
are the other opportunities available at Moraine Valley?
Some of the courses in the Medical Assistant Program are also included in
the Health Information Technology Program. The MRT courses transfer into the HIT
associate degree curriculum as well as apply to the Coding Specialist
Certificate and Medical Transcription Certificate. Also, the MA program requires
PHB-110 Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy. PHB-111 and PHB-112 may be taken
for elective credit in the Medical Assistant Program. By also successfully
completing PHB-111 Phlebotomy Clinical Seminar and PHB-112 Phlebotomy Clinical
Practice, a student may earn an additional certificate from the Moraine Valley
Community College Phlebotomy Program, thereby also becoming eligible to take the
phlebotomy certification examination.
should I select the Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program?
The Moraine Valley Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org)
upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
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upon program completion you are eligible to challenge the prestigious Certified
Medical Assistant (CMA) Examination. In addition, you will receive high quality
training at a fraction of the cost of other schools! Moraine Valley's tuition
and fees are approximately $5,325 versus $8,222-22,365 at other
area colleges. You can attend classes on either a full-time or part-time basis.
Day and evening classes are available.
what R.W. Warner, Administrator, Women's Healthcare of Illinois, an area
employer, has to say about the Moraine Valley Medical Assistant Program:
"My experience assisting students from Moraine Valley has been excellent. The
Moraine students come well prepared and with great attitudes and a willingness
to learn. I have hired many of the students and anticipate continuing to do so."
do I get started?
To learn more about how you can pursue a career in medical assisting,
you are advised to contact the Academic Advising Center at (708) 974-5721.
Complete an application to Moraine Valley Community College and take the Compass
math and reading placement tests prior to registration for the first medical
assistant prerequisite class.
Do Classes Meet?
Please contact the college's web site for up-to-the-minute information