Medical Office Assistants are on the front line of the health care field, performing the administrative and clinical tasks needed to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly. The duties of Medical Office Assistants vary from office to office depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, Medical Office Assistants are usually "generalists" who handle both administrative and clinical duties and report directly to the office manager or health practitioner. In larger practices, they tend to specialize in a particular area. The Medical Office Assistant Program includes both classroom lecture, online instruction and hands-on practice. This program is offered in the spring and fall semesters and is held on the Largo campus in the Center for Health Studies. The Overview course covers general administrative tasks including office practices, patient relations, maintaining medical records, and billing. In the Practical Applications course, students learn clinical duties such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by the physician. Those who successfully complete the program will take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exam. This exam is held on the Largo campus.
This program includes the administrative and basic clinical duties performed in a physician's office, clinic, or similar health care setting.
1. High school diploma or GED equivalency
2. Successfully complete the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Placement Test with a score of 65 or higher OR provide proof of college credits.
3. Have access to the internet.
4. Strong keyboarding and computer skills
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