Medical Assistant (MA)

Beginning Fall 2017 the MMCC Medical Assistant Program will be offered at both the Harrison and Mt. Pleasant locations. Contact Jan Noteboom, MA Program Director at 989-386-6622 Ext. 315 for more information.

Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:

  • Predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities
  • Technological advancements
  • Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment
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 for two years since graduating from MMCC. Choosing MMCC as my college was easy, my older sister had been attending Mid, and she enjoyed the small class sizes and teachers. Mid was also close to home, which allowed me to save money while I worked part-time. I enjoyed the smaller class sizes, caring staff, great tuition rates and reasonably priced books. The instructors at MMCC showed great knowledge in the subjects they were teaching and they also pushed their students to achieve higher. The instructors also came to class with a positive and upbeat attitude. They would take 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, 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 through MMCC was wonderful, I would recommend it to anyone."

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Medical Assistants provide both clinical and administrative support to doctors and other health care professionals.

The Medical Assistant Program will become a selective admissions program with limited seats in Fall 2017.

The Mid Michigan Community 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 MMCC MA Program Graduates enter the healthcare environment with confidence and competence in the skills necessary to become effective health care providers.

Why Choose MMCC?

  • 88% hire rate to date following the MA Program Externship capstone course.
  • MMCC’s student performance on industry-standard tests for certification is 100%.
  • The MMCC 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!
  • MMCC 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.
  • MMCC’s MA Program was just awarded reaccreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Mid Michigan Community 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 MMCC’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: $10 to $19/hour or $21,000 - $40,000/year.

Median: About $14/hour or $29,000/year.

Employment Outlook (2010-2020)*: 31% - Much faster than average.


* Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010 figures.

Campus Safety 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 M. Barnes

Chief Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Students and Academic Support Services

1375 S. Clare Ave. Harrison, MI 48625

Office: Harrison 112
(989) 386-6622 ext. 236
kbarnes@midmich.edu

Contact Information for Students:

Martricia M. Farrell

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Oversight Student Conduct and Institutional Compliance Coordinator

1375 S. Clare Ave. Harrison, MI 48625

Office: Harrison 107
(989) 386-6622 ext. 394
mfarrell@midmich.edu

Contact Information for Employees:

Lori Fassett

Title IX Coordinator
Director of Personnel Services

1375 S. Clare Ave. Harrison, MI 48625

Office: Harrison 217
(989) 386-6622 ext. 692
Lfassett1@midmich.edu

 
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