A medical assistant is a multi-skilled health professional specifically educated to work in ambulatory care settings and perform administrative office tasks in addition to clinical duties. As an integral part of the healthcare team, the medical assistant directly influences the public’s health and well-being. The Medical Assistant Program prepares students with various knowledge related to health sciences, communication, and specialized skills related to assisting physicians and other healthcare professionals in a patient care setting. These skills are obtained through formal study, practical experience, and hands-on training.
Graduates of the Medical Assistant program will be prepared to enter a versatile and schedule-friendly fast-growing profession. Medical assistants have diversified skills that allow them to work in various medical office settings, such as family practice, pediatric practice, urgent care, and some surgical outpatient clinics.
Students will be prepared to perform entry-level skills including:
Understand the law and ethics of health care professions and what a scope of practice is
Perform basic skills related to patient reception, appointment scheduling, and correspondence
Perform basic skills related to management and documentation of health care records, understand what meaningful use is, and comply with all HIPAA regulations
Perform basic skills related to office management and finances
Maintain the asepsis of patient exam rooms, treatment rooms, and sterilize medical instruments
Assist the physician with obtaining accurate medical histories, performing patient exams, and treatments
Perform phlebotomy, collect specimens, and perform CLIA waived tests for biological specimens such as blood, urine, and other body tissues
Administer medication and injections, perform diagnostic testing, and obtain physiologic measurements such as vital signs, height, weight, and circumference as directed by the physician.
Perform electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings as directed by the physician.
Students in their senior year of high school who are on track to graduate may enroll in the program if they will be 18 years of age before externship.
Upon completion of the program, students must pass the NHA Exam to certify as a Medical Assistant.
Act Score of 19 = GLE 12th
Act Score of 18 = GLE 11th
High school seniors (with high school counselor recommendation)
Federal Financial Aid: Yes
VA Qualified: Yes
A Chrome book is offered in some programs. If one is not available, the student can use the UBTech Computer Lab or bring their own internet capable device for educational use in class. Electronic Student Resources:
Canvas orientation course contains electronic learning resources that can be used throughout your time in the program. Each canvas course links to these resources, and they will be updated regularly. Canvas:
Canvas can be accessed from any internet-connected computer at the following URL: https://ubtech.instructure.com/login.
For technical problems encountered while in Canvas, use the Help button in Canvas and the “Report a Problem” link. Response time on support requests will be no more than 24-hours within the operational schedule of the program. A general orientation to Canvas can be found in the New Student Orientation, but faculty will also offer an orientation specific to technology in your program on your first day of class.