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Medical Assistant Program in Lafayette

The Medical Assistant Program in Lafayette is designed to train you for an exciting new career in the medical or healthcare field. You’ll learn the clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting.

Approximate completion time: Day—7.5 months

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About the Program

You can 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. You’ll also be trained in medical bookkeeping, medical insurance billing & coding, medical records, medical office software, medical office ethics, injections, and master basic dosage calculations. Through Delta College’s medical assistant classes in Lafayette, you will learn to do all of these things and more in a professional setting.

Take the Next Step!

If you are interested in becoming a medical assistant or in getting a diploma in Medical Assisting in Lafayette, Delta College would love to help you. In just seven and a half months, you can be trained for your new career!

Medical Assistant Occupation Information

See each topic below for more information about the potential of being a Medical Assistant.

  • Nature of the 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.

    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, 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. Attending medical assistant school in Lafayette can help a student to get trained for these responsibilities in just seven and a half months.

  • Job Outlook

    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

  • Earnings

    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 Lafayette Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • 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

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