Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professional that work in tandem with medical staff in clinics and physician’s offices. Medical assistants are trained to provide patient care through administrative tasks as well as taking vital signs and preparing patients for examinations.
Job seekers who want to work as a medical assistant should find excellent job prospects. Medical assistants are projected to account for a very large number of new jobs, and many other opportunities will come from the need to replace workers leaving the occupation. Medical assistants with formal training or experience and particularly those with certification should have the best job opportunities, since employers generally prefer to hire these workers. Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 34% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, there will be an increased need for all health care workers. Increasing use of medical assistants to allow doctors to care for more patients will further stimulate job growth. From “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition”. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, December 2009. Web. 13, October 2011.
Blended and online courses in the program gives the students a solid understanding of the knowledge and skills to be a successful medical assistant. Administrative and Clinical labs as well as the practicum will also give the students hands-on practice and experience to the career of medical assisting. The America Medical Technologist (AMT) has accepted the accreditation of Cox College and has qualified graduating students of the Medical Assisting Program to take the RMA certification examination.
The Medical Assisting program at Cox College is designed to meet the needs of all prospective students, including those already working in the field.
- Medical Assisting Core: Completed with just 33 credit hours over 2 semester. This prepares the student to sit for the RMA examination.
- Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting: Completed with just 6o credit hours over 4 semesters for full-time students.
- Degree Completion: Credentialed medical assistants seeking an associate’s degree may complete the degree program at Cox College with just 27 additional credit hours, most of which may be taken online.
- Certification Preparation: Uncredentialed medical assistants may complete an online review course in preparation for the Medical Assisting certification examinations.
Admission and Application
Candidates are considered for admission into the Medical Assisting program based on the completion of Cox College application requirements and prior academic performance. Once a candidate has been notified of an offer for admission into the Medical Assisting program, a non refundable deposit must be submitted. After receipt of this fee, the student may register for classes according to the academic calendar.
The Cox College online application is available here. All prospective students should select the “undergraduate” application and mark “Associate of Science in Medical Assisting”.
Medical Assisting Orientation
Students admitted to the ASMA program will be required to attend the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.