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Medical Assisting Technology

The medical assisting department will now accept applications through the end of August for anyone interested in registering for the fall start of 2015. Please contact Michelle Heller @ for specifics.

As a graduate of Columbus State’s Medical Assisting program, you will be the first person many patients see when they visit the doctor. You will learn clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, administrative procedures, computer applications, office management, psychology, and pharmacology.

This program provides students with the knowledge to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

To enter the Medical Assisting Technology program, you must attend an information session.

Where Do They Work?

Medical Assistants work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices, urgent care facilities, clinics and hospitals.

Job Titles

Medical Assistant, Medical Office Manager

Clinical and Administrative Duties

They perform a broad range of clinical and administrative duties. Administrative duties include: scheduling and receiving patients, establishing and maintaining medical records, secretarial skills, handling telephone calls, billing, coding, insurance, writing correspondence and managing finances.

Clinical skills include: patient preparation, assisting in minor surgery and patient treatments, performing vital signs, venipuncture, CLIA-waived testing, urinalysis, injections, electrocardiography, pulmonary function test, holter monitor, eye and ear instillations and irrigations, various routine diagnostic tests, sterilization procedures, and assisting physicians with various examinations. 

Employment Prospects

Nationwide, Medical Assisting is #1 on the Top Ten Most Rising Careers list according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical Assisting is expected to grow 59% over the next eight years. Medical Assisting is growing due to the appeal of an in-demand occupation, coupled with the convenience of mult-skilled hands-on training.