Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

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Medical Assistants (MA) perform clinical and administrative functions to keep healthcare delivery settings running smoothly. Human relation and communication skills are important aspects of this career field. They are individuals who can multi-task, perform various medical procedures, and who work well with people. Duties include a wide variety of skills in preparing patients for examination and treatments.

Medical Assistant (MA) students will learn and specialize in both front- and back-office practices, which provides an ideal combination of administration skills and knowledge of medical procedures. 

Why Medical Assistant @ EMCC’s SWSC?

Medical Assistant (MA) students receive hands-on training in clinical and administrative support in an actual medical facility.

The MA program incorporates up-to-date learning tools with highly experienced instructors to provide students with interactive learning, and hands on instruction. The program also teaches the organizational skills necessary to succeed in fast-paced health environments and medical facilities.

This program is part of the Allied Health Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks and professional opportunities within their selected field(s) of study.

Career and Employment Outlook

Students successfully completing the MA programs may find employment in physician offices and group practices, health clinics, and select outpatient medical and hospital settings.

Employment and Wages vary from state to state, so for your convenience, we provide a direct link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Medical Assistant below:

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Important Announcement

Externship Site Placement

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from externship site. Students must be able to attend any of the clinical facilities used by the SWSC Programs. The student's personal convenience cannot always be accommodated. Students that are eligible for clinical externship placement are assigned to various healthcare agencies for externship. The time, preceptor, or clinical location will vary as determined by availability of sites, student placement within the program, and other considerations as decided by the Instructor.

The Externship Dept. will make the final decision for student placement at each clinical facility.  Students will be placed within the valley based on availability and once placed externship location cannot be switched. 

If a clinical agency refuses clinical experiences to a student based on a student’s misconduct, the SWSC will attempt to place the said student at another clinical facility.  If, however, there are no clinical sites available, the student may be withdrawn from the program for incompleteness and have to wait until a site can be found. If the student fails externship after being placed at TWO different locations, the student will fail the course and not be allowed to return to the program indefinitely, or for a period of time, along with specific re-entry requirements determined by the Externship Dept. and Program Manager

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