The Medical Assistant AAS degree at Sullivan prepares individuals for work in doctors’ offices, medical centers, clinics and other health care facilities. Students will learn how to perform routine administrative and clinical tasks which allow these facilities to run efficiently. In addition to core liberal arts & sciences courses, students will study medical office administration and procedures as well as acquire the more specialized medical knowledge and skills needed to assist with many facets of patient pre-treatment. Most office administration courses are offered during the first two semesters of study while specialized medical skills courses, including a medical assistant externship, are required in the third and fourth semesters.
Graduates of Medical Assistant – AAS will be prepared to work in doctors’ offices, clinics, and other health care facilities and do the following
- Schedule appointments, maintain office records using Microsoft office suite;
- Prepare billing and insurance forms;
- Communicate doctors’ orders for prescriptions to pharmacies;
- Following established protocols, perform patient screening, such as take medical histories and record vital signs
- Prepare patients for examination,
- Assist in the preparation of space and equipment used in routine procedures and minor surgery
- Assist the physician with patient care, the performance of venipuncture, electrocardiography, and CLIA waived hematology, chemistry, urinalysis and immunology testing.
- Define the professional role and “scope of practice” of a practicing medical assistant
- Understand and describe the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities and limitations of the medical assistant’s role with respect to other healthcare professionals he/she will likely encounter in the workplace.
[These last topics will be stressed repeatedly in multiple courses throughout the Medical Assistant Program.]