A Medical Assistant (MA) is an essential member of the health care delivery team. Trained in both clinical and administrative duties, the medical assistant can serve in multiple capacities at a medical office. Medical assistants are critical members of the team and can sometimes act as a liaison between the physician and patient.
Medical assistants typically complete the following tasks:
- Complete patient history and measure vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature)
- Assist the physician with patient exams and/or minor office surgeries
- Give patient injections as directed
- Draw blood and prepare laboratory tests
- Schedule patient appointments
- Complete insurance forms
Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.
Medical Assisting program students at Atlanta Technical College are satisfied with the education that they receive at Atlanta Technical College, as there has been an average of a 100% employer staisfication rate over the past five years.
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are prepared for employment in physicians' offices, urgent care centers, and other health care facilities. NOTE: A felony conviction may limit employment opportunities.
Median Pay: $13.76 per hour (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Upon completion of the program students may register to take the RMA (American Medical Technologists, AMT) or the CMA (American Association of Medical Assistants, AAMA).
NOTE: A felony conviction may disqualify a student from sitting for the exam.
Medical Assisting students must complete 225 unpaid hours as a part of the curriculum. Students cannot receive pay for the hours worked during this time. Students must be able to adhere to the externship site schedule; students will be evaluated by the site preceptor. The student will also maintain weekly timesheets. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the site.SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS for PROGRAM/ EXTERN SITES
- CPR certification
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Drug Screening
- Criminal Background Check
- Physical Exam
- Dental Screening
- TB testing
NOTE: These expenses are not included with tuition.
PROGRAM ADDITIONAL FEES (These costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
- Books & Supplies: $4000.00
- CPR card: $6.00
- Liability Insurance: $11.00
- Certification Exam: $100.00 (RMA)/ $125.00 (CMA)
Other additional fees that the student will be responsible for are: Physical exam, dental screening, TB testing, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening, uniforms, and others that are deemed necessary.
BLOOD and AIRBORNE PATHOGENS
Students enrolled in category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical sites. For additional information, contact the program director.
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Completion of high school diploma or GED.
- Submission of official transcripts.
- Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Completion of all Prerequisite courses to include: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, COMP 1000, ALHS 1011 and ALHS 1090.
- GPA of 2.5 or better.
- Mandatory attendance to Program Orientation.
NOTE: Availability is limited; students must have completed two semesters of coursework (GPA 2.5) at ATC. Transfer students will be considered upon availability
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- GPA 2.0 or better must be maintained.
- Completion of all required courses.
- Must sit for the RMA or CMA