Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled profession; practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as a medical clinic.
Medical Assistants may be employed in a variety of locations including family practice clinics, specialty clinics, chiropractic clinics and out-patient clinics.
Success in this program and field requires being highly motivated, an interest in health and medicine, “people” skills, ability to multitask, excellent time management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to handle stressful and emergency situations.
High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, math, and computer familiarization.
Features of the program include:
- Computer training and simulation clinic lab with up to date equipment
- Training in administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, data entry, management of the electronic health record, medical coding, billing and insurance.
- Training in clinical duties such as taking patient history, measurement of vital signs, assisting provider with physical exams and minor office procedures, and administration of medication
- Training in phlebotomy, collection of laboratory specimens, preparation and performance of CLIA waved testing
- Students participate in a practicum to provide additional on-the-job training
- One year Diploma option is available
- Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the AAMA National Certification Exam
- High school diploma or GED
- Completion of Iowa Lakes Community College Application for Admission; high school and prior college transcripts
- Basic skills assessment in writing, reading, and mathematics are done with every entering student at Iowa Lakes utilizing one of the following: ACT, ASSET or COMPASS.
- Students must complete an advising session with the program coordinator before being admitted to the program
- Must provide documentation of physical exam and current immunizations within six months of scheduled practicum; may be required to complete a criminal background and child/dependent adult abuse registry check before placement in participating practicum facilities.
- Arts and Science courses may be taken prior to completing medical assistant program core courses.
- Core courses must be taken in sequential order and be completed with at least a “C” or “P” in classroom and clinical competencies.
- If a student fails to successfully complete the classroom or required clinical competencies in a course, both the failed course and corresponding clinical competencies must be repeated.
- Core medical assistant program courses may be repeated only one time.
2018 ARF (annual report form) outcomes:
The medical assisting program at Iowa Lakes Community College has a job placement rate of 100% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2016.
The medical assisting program at Iowa Lakes Community College has retention rate of 100% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2016, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
The exam passage rate for the 2016 graduates is 85.71%.