“The Mountwest Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).”
Associate of Applied Science • 62 Credit Hours
Certificate of Applied Science • 32 Credit Hours
The Mountwest Medical Assistant program is accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants recent role delineation study.
Medical Assistants, in accordance with respective state laws, perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties, as indicated by the American Association of Medical Assistants recent role delineation study. The Mountwest Medical Assistant program is accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants recent role delineation study. The Mountwest Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
The National Exam: Becoming a Certified MA
Completion of the Medical Assistant degree will not automatically qualify a graduate to work as Medical Assistant. Once a student successfully passes the assessment for skills and competency and graduates, he/she will be able to sit for the national exam which is the CCMA exam (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant under the National HealthCareers Association (NHA). Participants who pass the CCMA exam will be able to apply for exams for certifications for the following fields: Phlebotomy (Certified Phlebotomy Technician), EKG (Certified EKG Technician), and medical secretary ( Certified Medical Administrative Assistant).These certifications allow graduates to work in a medical office, medical laboratory, Hospital, or in the Emergency Room (ER) as an ER Technician.
2019 Median Pay
$34,800 per year
Number of Jobs
686,600 in 2018
Much faster than average employment.
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing basic secretarial skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls and writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances. Clinical duties include asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and CPR, preparing patient for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.
Both administrative and clinical duties involve maintenance of equipment and supplies for the practice. A medical assistant who is sufficiently qualified by education and/or experience may be responsible for supervising personnel, developing and conducting public outreach programs to market the physician’s professional services, and participating in the negotiation of leases and of equipment and supply contracts.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028, 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 a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will also need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.