Medical Assisting Programs
Prepare to begin your career in the medical field with a medical assistant diploma or associates degree.
Enrolling in the Health Sciences program and earning your diploma or associates degree in medical assisting are the first big steps you should take before you can register for the credentialing exams accredited by the NCCA and become a credentialed medical assistant.
About Medical Assisting
Medical assisting is one of the newest and fastest growing healthcare occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career has an annual growth rate of more than 29 percent. Medical assistants work in both the front and the back of the office, and typical duties include assisting physicians in minor surgeries, performing laboratory tests, assessing vital signs, administering medication, operating an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine and performing other therapeutic methods prescribed by physicians.
At Harrison College, you will not only have in-class learning opportunities, but will also be able to enhance your skills in a physician’s office or ambulatory care facility during an externship, known in the industry as a “clinical practicum”. Harrison’s medical assisting programs have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2,000 educational programs in 30 health sciences professions. (Some accreditations are limited to specific campuses. Find more information about our accreditations and memberships.)
Our Medical Assisting Programs
Harrison currently offers a diploma and an associate degree in medical assisting, which prepares students for entry-level positions in the medical field. The associate degree requires students to complete 90 credit hours, while the diploma can be attained in a shorter period of time — just 62 credit hours.
Because the Diploma program is accredited by CAAHEP—you will be eligible to take medical assisting certification exams after completing the program, which further empowers you to find a competitive job. Those interested in the associate's degree must complete the diploma first but earned credits apply towards the required 90 credit hours.
Medical Assisting Program Goals - The goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- Master administrative and clinical procedures performed in an ambulatory (out-patient) care setting
- Ascertain patient needs and respond by providing appropriate care per physician's orders
- Exhibit compliance to scope of legal and regulatory boundaries
- Conduct self in ethical and professional manner while functioning as an integral member of the healthcare team
- Prepare to take professional credentialing exam and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning through professional development to ensure up-to-date-knowledge
Harrison College is committed to supporting you while you take these steps toward improving your career and your life. If you are compassionate, have solid interpersonal communication skills, follow policies well and pay attention to detail, one of these programs may be right for you.
Learn more about medical assisting by downloading our Medical Assisting Program sheet.
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