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Medical
Assisting Program

Rise to the challenge of medical assisting

If caring for people with medical needs sounds rewarding, Medical Assisting could be for you. Medical assistants are multi-competent health care professionals who are involved in administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices, clinics and laboratories of physicians running smoothly.

Unitek College Medical Assisting Program

The Unitek College Medical Assisting Program provides a solid foundation for learning the skills and gaining the experience needed to excel as a Medical Assistant. The curriculum emphasizes administrative and clinical skills and includes extensive instruction in medical terminology, medical office procedures, medical and clinical procedures, basic anatomy and physiology, and special duties common in the field. The program combines in-class instruction, hands-on lab exercises, and 160 hours of supervised externship. Throughout the program, courses focus on communication, professionalism, problem solving, patient-centered teamwork, and maintaining OSHA and HIPAA guidelines.

Demand for Medical Assistants

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the baby-boom population ages, demand for preventive medical services will increase. In response, doctors will hire more assistants for perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the doctors to see more patients.

Medical Assistant Duties and Responsibilities Include

Administrative duties: Medical assistants answer telephones, schedule appointments, greet patients, update and file patient charts, order supplies, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, handle billing, collections, and bookkeeping.

Clinical duties: Clinical duties vary according to state law and may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, preparing patients for examination and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants may also telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, and sterilize medical instruments. In addition, Medical assistants are often responsible for preparing patients for x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures and dressing changes. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

Where Medical Assistants Work

  • Physician offices
  • Private health care facilities
  • Industrial firms requiring health care personnel
  • Hospitals
  • Hospital clinics
  • Laboratories
  • Health industry providers
  • Independent clinics private duty

Enrollment Process

To enroll in the Unitek College Medical Assisting Program, a prospective student must complete the following steps:

  • Career planning session and admissions interview
  • Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
  • Entrance assessment test
  • Admissions application
  • Enrollment agreement
  • Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid


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