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Medical Assistant Online/Hybrid Diploma Program
For those who are passionate about caring for others, a career as a medical assistant could be the perfect fit. Medical assisting is a hands-on position that lets you contribute to both clinical and administrative work behind the scenes at a variety of healthcare facilities and organizations, doing everything from managing patient records to collecting blood samples to assisting with patient exams. Medical assistants make a profound difference in patient comfort and care, and South Hills School of Business & Technology can prepare you to enter this field with our Diploma in Medical Assistant.
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“Why You should Consider the Medical Assistant Program”
- Online/Hybrid format requires only 2 days per week of in class time!
- Instructors with real world Healthcare experience.
- Small class sizes with individualized attention. You’re a name, not a number at South Hills.
- Curriculum reviewed yearly by working medical professionals and designed to prepare you for dozens of career path opportunities.
- Mentored “in field” internship prior to graduation.
- Preparation for Certified Medical Assistant credential.
- Job placement assistance upon graduation.
- Recent employers of Medical Assistant grads include, Mount Nittany Physician’s Group, Penn Highlands Center For Childrens Care, Susquehanna Health, Tyrone Medical Associates, UPMC Altoona, Blair Medical Associates, Geisinger, Huntingdon Healthcare, Inc., and more!
*Upon successful completion of the MA program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Medical Assistant Program Objectives
Through a comprehensive educational training program including attention to theory, practice, and application, students in the Medical Assistant program will develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes:
To prepare the student to function competently at an entry level, principally in a physician’s office or clinic.
To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant administrative skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant clinical skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant laboratory skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
To provide an adequate foundation of knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, disease processes and conditions.
To provide an adequate foundation of knowledge and hands on practice to understand proper aseptic techniques, and diagnostic and treatment procedures commonly performed in the physician’s office.
To prepare the student for employment in the health care field, emphasizing the need for maturity, responsibility, and attention to detail that is essential for all health care employees.
To provide the student with information and skills needed to take the CMA (AAMA) exam.
Financial Aid is available to those who qualify
Investing in your education is an investment in your future. South Hills is committed to helping you take advantage of the many financial aid options available to you. Most eligible full- and half-time students seeking degrees are eligible for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form; our school code (OPE ID) is 013263. South Hills offers to all its enrolling students full-service financial aid appointments to assist you every step of the way through the financial aid process. We greatly encourage you to contact our Financial Aid office at 814-234-7755 or email email@example.com to setup your appointment.
Complete Course List
Medical Assistant Course List for 2023-24
|Term||Course #||Course Name||Modality||Credits||Clock Hours|
|First Term||MA112||Anatomy & Physiology||Hybrid||5.0||82|
|MA113||Introduction to Healthcare||Hybrid||3.5||60|
|GE179||Mathematics for Health Care Professionals||Residential||4.0||60|
|PD130||Professional Development||Fully Online||2.0||27|
|Second Term||GE188||Business Writing Essentials||Residential||4.0||60|
|MD240||Medical Administrative Skills||Hybrid||3.5||60|
|MA117||Medical Legal Aspects||Hybrid||3.0||36|
|Third Term||GE207||Applied Psychology in Healthcare||Residential||3||36|
|CP136||Business Applications||Fully Online||4.0||60|
|MA119||Disease & Diagnostics||Hybrid||3.5||60|
|CD220||Job Search Skills||Fully Online||2.0||28|
|Fourth Term||MA120||Certification Preparation for the Medical Assistant||Hybrid||1.5||24|
|MA203||Medical Assistant Internship||11.0||330|
|MA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS||MA PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS|
|69.0 Credits||1,225 Clock Hours|
Bright Outlook Occupation
Medical Assistants are trained professionals that handle both administrative tasks and patient care tasks under the direction of a physician. They perform duties such as gathering and recording patient and insurance information, preparing exam rooms, and providing direct patient care such as drawing blood, administering medications, and measuring vital signs.See the Bright Outlook for this Occupation
The Outlook for Medical Assisting Jobs and Careers
- Projected growth (2021-2031)
- Much faster than average (11% or higher)
- Projected job openings (2021-2031) 123,000
Medical Assistant graduates who have secured their CMA Certification can expect to be working in entry level healthcare jobs like:
- Clinical Medical Assistant
- Electrocardiography Technician
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Emergency Department Technician
- and more!
Careers For Medical Assistants
South Hills Medical Assistant graduates are well-trained and in demand for their skillsets and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates including but not limited to:
- Advanced Regional Center for Ankle and Foot Care
- Allegheny Regional Endoscopy (Blair Gastroenterology)
- Altoona Heart and Vascular Institute
- Altoona Lung Specialists
- Blair Medical Associates
- Dr. Nalin G. Patel
- Huntingdon Healthcare, Inc.
- Mount Nittany Physician’s Group
- Penn Highlands Center For Childrens Care
- Susquehanna Health
- Tyrone Medical Associates
- UPMC Altoona
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