Jobs in the medical assisting field are expected to grow by 23% between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is much faster than most occupations.
After completing your Medical Assistant Specialist program from WTI, you’ll be prepared for a career as a:
- Medical Assistant
- Patient Care Technician
- Clinical Care Specialist
- Medical Lab Assistant
- Sterilization Technician
Courses available at Wichita Main, Wichita East, Topeka, Joplin and Tulsa campuses.
The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in a physician’s office, a medical clinic, or laboratory.
The program prepares the graduate to perform various technical and administrative skills in order to function as a member of a health care team. The student develops skills in phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, medication administration, minor surgical techniques, emergency medical procedures and office procedures. During the program, all students will be eligible for certification with American Medical Technologist (AMT) as a certified Registered Medical Assistant after passing the RMA examination for medical assistants.
Medical Office Basics
12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours
This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will be introduced to computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. An introduction to anatomy and physiology through the study of cell and tissue structure and function is also included. Lastly, the students are introduced to math for health care professionals including adult and child dosage calculations.
Administrative & Health Information Technology
12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours
Administrative & Health Information Technology is designed to assist the student to demonstrate hands-on competencies in regards to front-office procedures, which includes appointment scheduling, preparing reports, electronic patient information data entry, correct documentation, maintenance of medical records either paper or electronic form, proper telephone techniques and time management. The student will be introduced to more advanced computer usage, basic word processing concepts and formatting of documents. Also the student will develop a basic understanding in the use of the ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding systems, as well as insurance billing. Lastly, this course will address the health information management within a medical office, oral or written communication, medical ethics and legal standards of today’s demanding HIPAA regulations mandated by the federal government, licensure requirements, the rights of the physician and patient.
Clinical Medical Procedures
12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours
During this course, the students will develop interpersonal and technical skills required for competent blood specimen collection in both hospital and out-patient settings. Laboratory safety rules and OSHA guidelines will be re-emphasized. The students will learn to recognize symptoms, assist patients and administer appropriate care and/or first aid, understand basic theory and techniques of performing an EKG, including patient positioning and draping, proper lead placement and waveform representation in relationship to electrical and physical activities of the heart. Also introduced to the student will be a basic understanding of x-ray. Included will be CPR training and certification. Lastly, advanced pharmacology training will include learning the skills needed for appropriate patient education regarding drug classifications. The final two weeks of this quarter will be dedicated to student review for RMA certification examination.
12 Weeks / 13 Quarter Credit Hours
During this course the students will be in a classroom setting for final review preparation and final exams, along with focusing on resume preparation, job hunting techniques, interviewing, and employment expectations. The students will also complete 180 hours for their externship. The Career Prep/Externship quarter is only offered for the 8:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. class period.
Do you have what it takes to be a Medical Assistant?
If you would like to get more training, we’d love to hear from you. For more information about the Medical Assistant program at WTI, please contact us or call (888) 885-6661.
Characteristics of Successful Medical Assistants
Interested in Medical Assisting? Here are 5 personality traits that make you perfect for the job!
Medical Assisting is a rapidly growing occupation, with an employment rate which is expected to grow 23% from 2014-2024*. This profession is expected to grow at such a high rate due to the fact that physician’s practices and number of patients is on the rise, therefore the hiring of medical assistants will aide physicians in the ability to see more patients. So what does this mean for you? With more jobs for medical assistants on the horizon, YOU have a better shot at a job post-graduation.
While the desire to help others undoubtedly befalls this position, there are other key traits that make a great medical assistant. So find out below – do YOU have the personality of a successful medical assistant?
Strong Communication Skills
In order to effectively care for a patient, your communication skills must be top-notch. Miscommunication and poor listening skills can jeopardize the health and well-being of a patient. Guessing is not an option in this profession, so be thorough in your ability to take down notes and listen to instructions. Don’t be shy to jot down notes, especially in your first few months as a medical assistant. While mistakes are bound to occur, mistakes in this profession hold particular weight as you are dealing with a person’s health. Ask questions and actively listen. Take notes when you can and as good practice, repeat back what you have heard as not to miss anything in the mix.
If you are the kind of person who follows through and is thorough in their work, this will undoubtedly get you noticed by a potential employer who will want someone working for them that they can trust and know will get the job done well. Also your level of accountability will impact your patients as well. A patient and/or their family is entrusting you with their health so it is imperative that you are accountable in your actions and speech. Show your patients AND your employer that they can depend on you! Go above and beyond for your job and your patients and always keep your word when you commit to something.
Being a medical assistant can often involve strange hours and a fast-paced work environment. In order to stay on top of your game, stay organized and proactive! Make lists of things you want accomplished by the end of the day or by the end of the week. Rather than putting tasks off for tomorrow, take time at the end of your day to knock those things out! In doing so, you will prevent things from piling up on you. Develop a filing system for yourself in order to eliminate the clutter around the office. Staying organized will be a visual reminder to your patients and to your employer than you are professional and on top of it!
When working with the public, it goes without saying that you will need to be both professional and considerate in your interactions. The same goes for your interactions with your co-workers. Be firm in your resolve to make the good and right decisions for your patients, but always deliver it in an empathetic tone. Being sympathetic to the needs of those around you will elicit compassion as well as indicate to others that you are passionate about your work.
When working in the medical profession, a patient’s privacy is of the utmost importance. That being said be mindful of HIPAA regulations and guidelines, keep yourself abreast of the most recent information available; doing so will keep you, your patients and your place of employment safe and protected!
*According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistic
Do the above traits describe you?
Medical Assisting could be the right career choice for you! You won’t know until you try, so reach out to WTI for more information or with questions! For more information about the Medical Assistant program at WTI, please contact us or call (888) 885-6661.