Medical Assistant (MA)

Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to a predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities, technological advancements, and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment.

The Mid Michigan College Medical Assistant Program offers students the opportunity to become certified through the National Examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. This exam is taken while students are in their capstone Medical Assistant course. Successful completion of this certification exam will help Mid MA Program Graduates enter the healthcare environment with confidence and competence in the skills necessary to become effective health care providers.

Hear from a Recent Grad...
"My name is Brenda McClintic, I am a 25 years old from Shepherd, MI. I've been working as a CMA since graduating from Mid Michigan College. Choosing Mid as my college was easy as my older sister who attended Mid enjoyed the small class sizes and teachers, and the campus was close to home. The instructors at Mid showed great knowledge of the subjects they were teaching and they also pushed me and my classmates to meet a higher standard. The instructors also came to class with a positive and upbeat attitude and took the time to work one-on-one with students and provide constructive criticism. If I ever had questions I felt comfortable asking my instructors for clarification. While attending my externship, I felt confident in performing general clinical and administrative tasks, and I was well prepared for what could happen while on the job. My confidence came from having instructors who wanted us to be successful and pushing us to achieve our potential. My overall experience at Mid was wonderful, I would recommend it to anyone."

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Why Choose Mid?

  • 88% hire rate to date following the MA Program Externship capstone course.
  • The Mid MA Program employs faculty who are experienced in Medical Assisting and who strive to produce medical assistant graduates who perform at high levels and who stand out from the rest!
  • Mid's MA Program accepts small cohorts each Fall semester to ensure that students can be closely supervised and receive individual attention with program requirements.
  • Special student opportunities for hands-on/real-world experience includes a 1-2 day venipuncture experience at a local laboratory or medical office. The capstone course for the Medical Assistant Program requires a 160-hour hands-on externship experience in a local medical office. This externship includes 80 hours of administrative and 80 hours of clinical experience.
  • Mid’s MA Program was just awarded re-accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Mid Michigan College’s Associate in Applied Science Degree is well known for its production of multi-skilled, high quality students. Local medical professionals request and reserve Mid’s MA Students months before they are placed out for their externship each Spring. Several medical systems/offices contact the MA Program Director when they are searching for quality employees to add to their rosters. The reputation within the community has grown and thrived over the last eight years.

Career Overview

What is a Medical Assistant:

Medical Assistants are health care professionals who are cross-trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. They work alongside physicians in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics, in long-term care facilities like nursing homes, in hospital emergency rooms and in insurance billing organizations. Medical Assistants are patient liaisons who are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and who often explain the physician's instructions in details the patients can understand. Medical Assistants perform:

Administrative duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Using computer applications; Answering telephones; Greeting patients; Updating and filing patient medical records or entering patient information in the Electronic Medical Record; Coding and filling out insurance forms for reimbursement; Scheduling appointments; Arranging for hospital admissions, specialty and surgical referrals, laboratory and x-ray services, etc.; Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping; Employee payroll

Clinical duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking medical histories; Explaining treatment procedures to patients; Preparing patients for examination; Assisting the physician during examinations; Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens; Performing basic laboratory tests; Instructing patients about medication and special diets; Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician; Authorizing prescription refills as directed; Drawing blood; Taking electrocardiograms; Removing sutures and changing dressings

Job/Career Outlook

Earnings* Average: $14 to $21/hour

Median Earnings $15.61/hour or $32,480/year.

Employment Outlook (2016-2026)*: 29% - Much faster than average.


* Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017 figures.

Campus Safety, Security Operations and Systems, and Title IX Policy

For safety and security policies, procedures, and information about student rights, visit midmich.edu/righttoknow and midmich.edu/securityreport. If you have questions regarding your rights or wish to speak to one of the College’s Title IX Coordinators or Deputy you may contact the following individuals:

Contact Information for Students:

Kim Barnes, AVP of Security Operations and Systems, Chief Title IX Coordinator, 2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, Office: Mt. Pleasant Campus, Doan Center, Room 105, (989) 386-6622, Ext. 236, kbarnes@midmich.edu

Martricia Farrell, Director of Security Operations and Systems, Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Clery Compliance Officer, 1375 S. Clare Ave, Harrison, MI 48625, Office: Harrison Campus, Safety and Security Office, (989) 386-6622, Ext. 394, mfarrell@midmich.edu

Contact Information for Employees:

Lori Fassett, AVP of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, 1375 S. Clare Ave, Harrison, MI 48625, Office: Harrison Campus, Room 213B; 2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, Office: Mt. Pleasant Campus, Doan Center, Room 104, (989) 386-6622, Ext. 692, Lfassett1@midmich.edu

 
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