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About the MEDICAL ASSISTANT program at American National College in Atlanta, GA School of Medicine

The Medical Assistant program provides a comprehensive introduction to human anatomy, physiology, and patient contact skills utilized in the clinical environment. Students receive medical assistant courses consisting of: front office administration, venipuncture, EKG, vital signs, injections, minor office surgery assisting, x-ray safety, blood borne pathogens, infection control, and OSHA guidelines. Students are given real world experience with extensive hands-on training. Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions in medical clinics, laboratories, private physicians' offices and hospitals.

Program Objective:
This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as a Medical Assistant in either clinical and/or administrative capacity. The course focuses on providing knowledge and understanding of basic human anatomy and common pathology. Students learn the use of medical terminology as it relates to the clinical environment. The instruction provides students with the skills for routine diagnostic laboratory procedures, understanding of the administration of parenteral medications, entry-level skill proficiency required for assisting in routine patient examinations and surgical procedure. As a medical assistant school, American National College assures that students will gain knowledge of the legal as well as ethical responsibilities outlined in the skills to obtain entry-level employment in hospitals, medical clinics, chiropractic offices, and rehabilitation centers. Graduates will receive a medical assistant diploma & phlebotomy certificate upon graduation.

The approximate amount of time required for completion of the day medical assistant program is thirty-six (36) weeks and the evening program is fifty-two (52) weeks.

Nature of the Work:
Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of numerous health professionals running smoothly.

Duties for medical assistants vary depending on the state in which an MA practices, office size, and whether an MA specializes in a particular area. In small offices, most medical assistants handle both administrative and clinical duties and are considered generalists. Also, MA's in small offices tend to report directly to a physician, health practitioner or office manager. In larger offices, most medical assistants tend to specialize in a particular area. MAs in large offices generally report to department administrators or other operations management.

The Industry:
Medical assistants play an essential role in the health care industry. They are likely the first and last faces seen at t medical appointment. Medical assistants can work in many different settings, giving this career a variety of profitable options to specialize in. doctors offices, larger medical organization and even the eye-care field are all opportunities a medical assistant holds at their fingertips.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical assistant employment to grow 30.9% between 2010 and 2020 with the field adding 162,900 jobs. This growth puts medical assistants among the top healthcare jobs. A medical assistant can make up to $40,000 annually.

Because this is such a growing field it is important for each student to stand out amongst the sea of the applicants. 

American National College gives the hands-on training and experience that medical assistants need to obtain a successful career in this emerging industry.