Have you always wanted to work in the medical industry and help people? Due to the country's aging population and evolving trends in the health care industry, the need for skilled professionals in the medical field has never been greater. In fact, medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation through the year 2022.* The medical assistant diploma program at Kaplan College offers comprehensive training and education that could prepare you to enter this growing and rewarding field.
Attending a medical assistant school could help you get started on the path to a career in the health care industry. Medical assistants help physicians with routine medical exams, recording vital signs and medical histories, and explaining treatment procedures to patients and their families. Medical assistants are often called upon to help patients feel at ease and explain the health care provider's instructions.
Curriculum Focused Program
The health care industry is competitive, so you need education and training to help you stand out. At Kaplan College, we offer professional education and comprehensive medical assistant courses that include hands-on training in both administrative and clinical responsibilities, taught by faculty members who have professional experience in their fields.
The program offers medical and clinical courses that can train you to assist a supervising physician with the following:
- Assisting with physical examinations
- Aiding in minor surgical procedures
- Administering injections
- Performing EKGs, venipuncture, and routine laboratory and diagnostic tests
- Preparing examining room instruments and equipment
- Recording vital signs
Much of your training will be conducted in our medical training labs, which are designed to look and feel like real-world health care offices with examination tables, minor surgical instruments, lab testing machines and supplies, and CPR and EKG equipment.
Medical Office Training
Because computer technology is vital in today's health care office, the medical assistant program also provides instruction in administrative and computer skills that complement your medical knowledge. The coursework covers the following topics:
- Word processing
- Patient data documentation and maintenance
- Patient appointment scheduling and reception
- Basic accounting procedures
- Insurance claims filing
- Medical information transcription and correspondence preparation
Students completing the medical assistant training program may seek the following entry-level positions in a doctor's office, clinic, or other medical facility:
- Medical assistant
- Hospital donor unit assistant
- Blood bank donor unit assistant
- Front office assistant manager
Prior to graduation, you will complete a practicum where you can apply the knowledge, skills, and work habits you gain in school to a real-world career setting.