Medical Assistant Program
The MA program will be accepting applications beginning May 1st for the 2022 program year.Program Guidesheet Medical Assisting Admissions Procedure MA Supply Checklist Physical Form Medical Assisting Program Application
What is Medical Assisting?
Medical assistants perform a combination of administrative and clinical tasks within a healthcare setting. These professionals commonly work alongside other medical staff under the supervision of a physician. Additionally, medical assistants can be an essential part of a healthcare team, as their responsibilities help keep the facilities they work in organized and operating efficiently.
What do Medical Assistants earn?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average hourly wage for Certified Medical Assistants in 2019 was $16.73 per hour or $34,800 annually.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics also predicts that employment of medical assistants is projected grow 19% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What do Medical Assistants do?
Medical assistants are responsible for performing a range of administrative & clinical tasks, including:
- Managing office telephone systems, including answering calls, returning messages and
coordinating daily office activities
- Scheduling and confirming patient appointments, greeting patients/visitor, checking
patients in and out for their appointments
- Documenting patients' medical information, including medical history and health insurance information
- Performing documentation in patient records within the facilities EMR database
- Recording patients' vital signs, documenting provider notes and changes in medical
- Collecting specimen samples, preparing and sending them in for laboratory testing
- Prepping exam rooms for clinical procedures and assisting providers during routine checkups, outpatient procedures and other physical exams
- Documenting patient symptoms and reviewing medications for provider review during exams
- Providing compassionate patient support, education, and assistance during office visits
- Preparing and administering medications under the direction of supervising physicians
IVCC’s Medical Assisting Program prepares individuals for an active role in health care through classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experiences in modern, high-tech facilities where highly experienced and qualified health care professionals teach and supervise all on- and off-campus activities.
IVCC's Medical Assisting Program is completed in one full academic year. Classes for this program begin in the spring of each year (January) and conclude at the end of the fall semester (December) of the same year. After successful completion of the required courses, an individual will receive a certificate from Illinois Valley Community College.
This certificate is NOT the documentation required to be a Certified Medical Assistant. Successful completion of the program and receipt of a certificate from IVCC allows the individual to sit for a national exam through the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). By successfully passing this exam an individual can then gain the title Certified Medical Assistant.
Topics discussed in this Program include:
- Communications, both verbal, non-verbal and written
- Math for Pharmacology
- Health care roles and responsibilities
- Health Care Law and Ethics
- Medical Insurance, billing and coding
- The Electronic Health Record
- Banking procedures and more
Skills taught in this Program include:
- Infection control and asepsis, including autoclaving instruments
- Safety in the workplace
- The performance of electrocardiograms (EKG)
- The performance of phlebotomy (drawing a patients blood)
- The performance of multiple CLIA waived lab tests
- Performing patient intake and taking vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, oxygen saturation)
- Medication Administration
- First Aid and responding to emergencies
- Nutrition, exercise and healthy living
- How to respectfully care for patients within a health care setting
An Additional Component of this Program
An externship experience occurs off campus in an actual health care setting. The externship is a minimum of 160 clock hours of hands-on experience that takes what the student has learned (both theories and skills) and helps them to begin to integrate all of that knowledge into a working whole while being a part of a busy medical office or clinic setting.
IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far
below most private institutions. An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison
can be found on the IVCC website at www.ivcc.edu/payment and at www.ivcc.edu/save.
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at
www.ivcc.edu/foundation and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify at www.ivcc.edu/financialaid.