Medical Laboratory and Assisting
As Healthcare continues to undergo dramatic changes, the need for qualified health care workers remains at unprecedented levels. Medical Assisting and Laboratory Assisting are among the fastest growing careers in the nation and employment opportunity is projected as excellent. Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending upon the location and size of the practice and include such tasks as answering phones, scheduling appointments, registering patients, updating medical records, taking a medical history and vital signs, drawing blood, EKGs, routine laboratory testing, and assisting the physician with procedures.
The main duty of a lab assistant is to support the professional lab technologist in collecting specimens from various sources and preparing them for analysis. In order to fulfill this task, an assistant will ensure that all necessary materials are at hand when needed. Thus, restocking materials and reagents and cleaning equipment, glassware, and laboratory instruments is also part of the typical daily routine. Keeping track of the data obtained and accurately recording the various analyses performed are important roles for the lab assistant.
The Medical & Laboratory Assisting Program prepares students to enter the profession of medical assisting or laboratory assisting through a well designed curriculum that includes related theory, clinical practice, and work experience. Coursework includes Anatomy & Physiology with Related Medical Terminology, Introduction to Psychology, and Disease Pathology. Clinical practice is competency based and includes off-campus work related experiences in local health care facilities. Students are also certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and safety.
Graduates of the Medical & Laboratory Assisting Program are eligible for certification upon successful completion of the prescribed requirements set forth by the National Healthcareer Association.
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