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Overview

Get on the path to a career in the healthcare industry in as few as 9 months with Remington College’s Medical Assisting program.(1) Designed with your career goals in mind, Remington College’s Medical Assisting Diploma Program may help you prepare for an entry-level career in the public or private practice healthcare industry.

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Medical Assistants play a critical role in the daily operations of doctor’s offices, clinics and healthcare facilities. As important members of a healthcare team, they help doctors and nurses perform their daily tasks more efficiently. Medical Assistants may also serve as the first point of contact with a patient by collecting intake forms, taking samples or even performing initial point-of-care testing.

In addition to the patient interactions, you may be responsible for administrative duties that include filing medical records, scheduling appointments, handling patient billing and insurance claims, preparing examination rooms, recording vital information, maintaining inventory and ordering supplies. In many settings, you will report to a doctor or nurse and handle incoming communication to the office or department. Medical Assistants in specialized offices may have additional duties specific to that field.

(1)Program completion times may vary based on individual performance/circumstances.

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Hands-On Training

Over the course of your 9-month Medical Assisting Diploma program, you will complete 8 classroom academic periods and a one-month externship module.(1,2) This program is specifically designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in a number of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home health agencies.

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OUR 9-MONTH DIPLOMA PROGRAM PREPARES YOU FOR DUTIES INCLUDING:(1)

  • Patient Preparation
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Preparing Lab Samples
  • Managing Inventory and Supplies
  • Filing Medical Records
  • Submitting Insurance Information/li>
  • Scheduling Patient Appointments

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER A DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL ASSISTING?(1)

Medical Assistants work closely with patients to help them navigate insurance and billing issues, take vital signs, perform exam prep and explain what to expect during their visit. They are often the first point-of-contact for a patient, making them one of most visible faces of a medical practice.

As a Medical Assistant, you are a vital member of a healthcare team. This type of job requires close interaction with patients and the ability to multi-task. If you enjoy helping others and want to make a positive impact on people’s lives, then a career in Medical Assisting may be a good choice for you.

(1)Program completion times may vary based on individual performance/circumstances.
(2)Must meet minimum requirements to qualify for externship course.

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Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical assisting careers are projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the 2016 through 2026 decade, with a 29 percent job growth forecast.

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According to the BLS, “The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.” (1,2) .

WHERE DO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS WORK?(1)

Medical Assistants may find employment in a number of healthcare settings, including private practices, hospitals, clinics, physicians groups, nursing homes, and home health agencies. Medical Assistants typically specialize in either administrative assisting or clinical assisting. (1,2)

Graduates may take on a number of roles, including Insurance Billing, Medical Billing, Laboratory Technician, Medical Receptionist and more. The healthcare industry anticipates an increased need for qualified workers between 2016 and 2026.(1,2)
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(1)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates. State licensure/certification may be required.
(2)http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-assistants.htm BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.

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Certification

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that medical assistants with formal training and certifications should have the best job opportunities, since employers generally prefer to hire these workers.(1) Skill-based certifications are a good way to differentiate yourself from other medical assisting job applicants.

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Getting a certification means that you’ve passed a board-sanctioned test or have demonstrated expertise in a certain medical process. We believe that obtaining a medical assistant certification demonstrates a willingness to learn and achieve on the graduate’s end and helps assure employers that graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as a medical assistant.

REGISTERED MEDICAL ASSISTANT (RMA) CERTIFICATION

MStudents in the Remington College Medical Assistant Diploma Program are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam offered through American Medical Technologists. The cost of the first attempt of the Registered Medical Assistant exam is included in tuition.(2)

(1)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates. State licensure/certification may be required.
(2)Certain restrictions may apply.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

Course List*
Course #Course NameLecture HrsLab HrsExternshipQtr Credit Hrs
CD203 Career Development Fundamentals 20 0 0 1.00
CD204 Career Development Principles 20 0 0 1.00
GE116
 Written Communication 20 0 0 2.00
GE117
 Social Psychology 20 0 0 2.00
GE118 Speech Communication 20 0 0 2.00
GE119
 General Psychology 20 0 0 2.00
GE204
 Introduction to Algebra Part I 20 0 0 2.00
GE205 Introduction to Algebra Part II 20 0 0 2.00
HS111 Health Science Essentials 30 30 0 3.50
HS112 Health Science Business Procedures 30 30 0  3.50
HS114 Externship 0 0 160 6.00
HS115 Law, Ethics, and Therapeutic Communication 10 50 0 3.00
MA111
 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting 40 40 0 5.00
MA114 Medical Laboratory Procedures 30 30 0 3.50
MA115
 Specialty Exams, Urinalysis, and Microbiology 30 30 0 3.50
MA116 Pharmacology 15 15 0 2.00
MA118 Cardiac Specialty Procedures 20 20 0 2.50
MA119 Reimbursement 20 20 0 2.50
MA122
 Nervous and Digestive Systems 20 20 0 2.50
MA124 Coding and Billing 40 40 0 5.00
IMA133 Capstone and Certification Preparation 40 0 0 3.00
MA136 Healthcare Insurance Applications 20 20 0 2.50
MA139 Healthcare Insurance 15 15 0 2.00
Total 520 36016064

* Courses subject to change. See catalog for current curriculum.

Program Summary

The Medical Assisting Diploma Program provides training in both administrative and clinical procedures, including the basic elements of coding for the healthcare and insurance industries. The objective of this Program is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions such as medical assistant, clinical or medical administrative assistant, insurance billing clerk, medical biller, collections and billing clerk, or medical receptionist in work locations such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, medical supply businesses, and home health agencies.

Program completion normally requires 12 months for full-time students. The Program is divided into 12 monthly academic periods (modules) comprised of 11 months of classroom and laboratory instruction and one externship period, which are delivered in a hybrid format. In the hybrid format, some courses are delivered residentially and some courses are delivered via distance education (i.e., on-line).

In order to be eligible for the externship period, students must successfully complete all courses in the academic periods and must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Upon successful completion of all areas of this Program, graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Medical Assisting. Program completion times may vary based on individual performance/circumstances as well as the program selected

Eligible States for Online Programs

Below is a list of states in which Remington College offers online programs. This list is likely to change, so if you live in one of these states, please check back frequently. For more information contact the Knoxville campus admissions department.

BACHELOR DEGREES

Criminal Justice (Completion Program)
AK, AL, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Health Information Management
AK, AL, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Organizational Management
AK, AL, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

ASSOCIATE DEGREES

Database Management and Administration
AL, AK, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Health Information Technology
AL, AK, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Paralegal
AL, AK, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Restaurant, Hospitality, and Retail Management
AL, AK, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

DIPLOMAS

Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
AK, AL, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH,  SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Medical Assisting:
AK, AL, AR, CT, HI, ID, IL, NV, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WY

Medical Office Administration
AK, AL, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MO, NV, NH, NJ, OH,  SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY, US Virgin Islands.

Pharmacy Technician
AK, AL, AZ, CT, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MO, NH, NJ, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WY, US Virgin Islands.

 

 

Career Possibilities(1)

MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT

MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST

(1) Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates.

ACCREDITED LEARNING INSTITUTION

Remington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

NO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED?

The Medical Assisting Diploma program at Remington College gives students the opportunity to study for their high school equivalency test, and also practice their medical assisting skills under the guidance of an industry-experienced instructor.(1)

(1)Programs not available at all locations.

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