The medical assistant classes at Delta College in Covington, Louisiana, are designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of entry-level positions in the Medical Assistant field. The student will learn the clinical as well as the administrative aspects of medical assisting. The students will gain lab & clinical competencies including phlebotomy techniques, 12 lead EKG procedures, specimen collection, infection control & safety measures, vital signs, and assisting with minor office surgery and physical exams. The student will gain administrative competencies in medical bookkeeping, medical insurance billing & coding, medical records, medical office software, medical office ethics, injections, and master basic dosage calculations. Students of Delta College in Covington’s medical assistant school can expect to graduate in under eight months. That’s no time at all when it comes to getting trained for a new career.
Approximate completion time: Day-7.5months
Nature of Medical Assistant Work:
Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. At Delta College in Covington’s medical assistant school, we train our students for all practices.
Duties: Medical assistants typically do the following:
- Take patient history and measure vital signs.
- Help the physician with patient examinations
- Give patient injections as directed by the physician
- Schedule patient appointments
- Prepare blood for laboratory tests
Medical assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses and must take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.
In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.
Medical Assistants perform many administrative duties. Some assistants buy and store supplies and equipment for the office. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and book keeping.
Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They might have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for X-rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings. In our medical assistant classes in Covington, students will learn how to handle these responsibilities and more.
Job Outlook for Medical Assistants:
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average for all occupations.
*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014
The median annual wage of medical assistants was $29,100 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,880 and the top 10 percent earned more than $40,810.
*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014
Delta College in Covington Advantages:
- Job Placement Assistance
- Certifications available through NHA
- Quality Instructors
- Affordable Tuition
- 7 1/2 Month Day or 12 Month Evening Classes
- Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
- Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
- Financial Aid available to those who qualify
- TOPS Tech Eligible
Medical Assistant School – Delta College in Covington
Major Occupations For Which Graduates Will Be Qualified:
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Medical Assistant Classes Costs:
Tuition through Graduation:
Books and Supplies:
*All required textbooks, workbooks, software, lab supplies, two sets of uniforms, etc. needed to complete the program are included with tuition. Incidentals such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. are not included and must be provided by the student. For more information of tuition policies and additional charges see the college catalog.