Medical Assisting Technology Program at Hinds Community College

Medical Assisting Technology

Medical Assisting Technology Program at Hinds Community College


Medical assistants are multi-skilled, allied health professionals who perform both administrative and clinical duties primarily in out patient facilities. Upon completion of the program, the student will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree, and then is eligible to become Board Certified in June. Upon successful completion of the National Certification Exam (written by the AAMA and the National Board of Medical Examiners) the student becomes a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). The CMA must recertify every 5 years either by CEUs or by retaking the test.


The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of The American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

First Friday - Information Session

Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays.  These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs. 

Administrative Duties

Answering telephones; Greeting patients; Updating, maintaining, and filing patient charts; Billing and Coding; Scheduling appointments; Performing transcription

Clinical Duties

Taking patient histories and obtaining vital signs; Preparing patients for examination; Assisting the physician during the examination; Assisting with minor surgical procedures; Collecting specimens (blood/urine) and performing basic laboratory tests; Providing patient instruction/education; Preparing and administering medications directed by a physician; Authorizing drug refills as directed/telephone prescriptions to pharmacies; Performing EKGs; Removing sutures; Changing dressing/applying bandages

Working Conditions

• Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) constantly interact with people (health care team, patients, and physicians) and may have to handle several responsibilities at once.

• Most CMAs work a regular forty-hour week. Some work part time, evening or weekends. Most students enter this program because they have an interest in medicine and want to work in the medical environment, but do not wish to work in a hospital, or work the shift schedule.

• This profession offers such a variety of work assignments. It is especially aimed at someone who is interested in several areas such as Health Information Technology, Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory, and Practical Nursing.

 

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Medical Assisting Technology Program at Hinds Community College

Degree

See the online catalog for courses you will take:   

•  Medical Assisting Technology - AAS
 

Program Description

Medical Assisting 

The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled allied health professional who performs a wide range of roles in physicians‘ offices, clinics and other health care settings. Administrative duties include scheduling appointments and procedures; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls, correspondence, fees and collections, and processing insurance claims. The clinical duties include preparing the patient for x-ray, laboratory and physical examinations, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, administering medication, obtaining specimens, performing routine laboratory procedures, and electrocardiograms, and sterilizing instruments and equipment. A medical assistant may also be responsible for personnel and office management. Successful completion of this program entitles graduates to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants National Certification Examination. This program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs on recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Medical Assistant Education, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756 - (727) 210.2350.          

Contact Information

Chrissy KingMedical Assistant Technical Instructor
601.936.5582