What to be a Medical Assistant or Clinical Assistant?

Good News for Medical Assisting: A Bright Job Outlook

The future looks bright for Registered Medical Assistants! According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the health care sector added 41,600 new jobs in January with job gains of 22,100 in ambulatory health care services. The employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29% by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is due partially to the growth of the aging baby-boom population that will continue to increase demand for preventative medical services.

A degree or certificate in Medical Assisting will provide you with a solid skill-set to become a vital member of the healthcare profession.

Why Should I Become a Medical Assistant?

Whether you’ve always dreamed of working in the medical field or have just recently started thinking about a health care career, becoming a medical assistant is a great place to start. U.S.News ranked medical assisting #18 in its list of Best Health Care Support Jobs and #81 in its 100 Best Jobs list, noting salary and future job growth among the job’s positive attributes.

Whether you want to work in a physician's office or in a hospital outpatient clinic, the potential to obtain either a certification or degree is right here. You can work in the clinical areas with direct patient care and/or office administration.

Contact us and lets see how you can get started. This program is based at the Centennial Campus on South Academy Blvd.

What will I study?

The field of Medical Assisting is expanding in Colorado faster than average and hospitals and healthcare clinics are beginning to hire more medical office staff & clinical assistance to fulfill these foundation roles.

At PPCC Medical Assistant (program information word document)or Clinical Office Assistant (program infomration word document) students will learn to assist with clinical and administrative functions as employees within the healthcare field.

Students will become familiar with the health care system, medical terminology, interpersonal relationships, applying medical clinical skills and assisting patients in their healthcare.

Students will also learn general pharmacology, clinical and laboratory skills, phlebotomy, an introduction to medical office management. Anatomy + Physiology + Pathophysiology (study of diseases) are also completed.

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Example Classes I Might Take

Teaches the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and drug therapy of the immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. A discussion of pediatric implications as they relate to clinical physiology will also be covered. Students may take MOT 125, MOT 133 and MOT 135 in any order, but all three courses must be completed to meet the Basic Medical Sciences requirement.
Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government.
Provides supervised placement in contracted facility for guided experience in application of knowledge and skill acquired in the classroom. The student assists with a variety of business and clinical procedures. Positions are non-paid due to CAAHEP requirement. Student must have permission by program coordinator to begin internship.

Career Options

Degrees in Medical Assistant or Certification as a Clinical Office Assistant allows you to perform job duties in a medical clinic or office, such as taking vitals up to assisting in minor surgical procedures.

  • Medical Assistant
  • Urgent care clinical assistant
  • Ambulatory care clinical assistant
  • Degree option: Medical Office Manager

Careers in MOT

Program Learning outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient in the completion of these programs. PLO's link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

AAS Medical Assistant & Clinical Office Certification Programs :  Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

Students will be able to:

1.     Identify body system structures, disorders & diseases.

2.     Apply medical terminology in appropriate situations.

3.     Identify legal & ethical issues as applicable to medical practices.

4.     Apply effective interpersonal skills for diverse patients and medical professionals.

5.     Design communication methods for patient education.

6.     Demonstrate knowledge for clerical and financial bookkeeping.

7.     Perform accepted clinical and laboratory skills for an ambulatory care setting.

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