If you enjoy the medical field but prefer working in an office or outpatient environment, our Medical Assisting Program can prepare you to perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics and other outpatient health care settings. You will gain hands-on training in medical terminology, medical law and ethics, administrative procedures, medical coding, scheduling appointments, clinical procedures, and interviewing and instructing patients.
Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals that can perform both administrative and clinical procedures in ambulatory medical settings. Augusta Tech’s Medical Assisting Program provides these skills to students. Some of the skills taught throughout the program include managing electronic health records, coding, bookkeeping, medical insurance processing, obtaining vital signs, performing CLIA waived laboratory tests, performing EKGs, and collecting blood samples. The curriculum consists of classroom instruction and skills laboratories. In the final semester, students spend 160+ hours in an off-campus supervised externship. When in this setting, students take the skills taught on campus and directly apply them in the ambulatory medical setting.
The Medical Assisting program at Augusta Technical College has an average retention rate of 75% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.