LSC-North Harris Medical Assisting Department
LSCS Medical Assistant Program prepares students as multi-skilled allied health professionals, who, as members of the health care delivery system, perform clinical and administrative procedures. The broad- base curriculum develops intellectual and critical thinking skills and encourages participation in professional and community service activities. The program is committed to excellence in preparing competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
What Does A Medical Assistant Do?Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are usually handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of the department administrators.
Medical Assistants perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and bookkeeping.
Medical Assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressing.
How Much Will I earn as a Medical Assistant?
Average salary and hourly pay vary for practitioner CMA's and non- CMA's according to their years of experience as a Medical Assistant. Average annual salary for a full- time practitioner with a CMA in 2010 is $31,361.
Is Medical Assisting Right For Me?
Take this quiz to find out!
1. Are you looking for a meaningful job?
2. Do you like helping others?
3. Do you have an interest in health and medicine?
4. Are you a "people" person?
5. Are you good at multi-tasking; switching tasks throughout the workday?
6. Do you like variety in your job?
7. Would you like to enter a career in an expanding field?
If you answered "yes" to five or more of these questions, congratulations! Medical Assisting could be right for you!
** HPB refers to the Health Professions Building located at 17200 Red Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77090
(corners of Red Oak Drive and Peakwood Drive behind Houston Northwest Medical Center).
Fall 2015 Medical Assisting Program at LSC-North Harris Health Professions Building
Fall 2015 applications will be available starting April 8, 2015 (the first mandatory information session). You must attend an in-person information session at HPB in order to obtain the application packet. The deadline to submit a Fall 2015 application is Thursday, July 30, 2015 by 3pm. If you wish to apply after this date, please make sure you meet the minimum criteria and visit with the Program Director or the Academic Advisor for Health and Human Services. This is a full-time, day program with classes from Monday through Thursday. Classes will begin for admitted students in August 2015. For the admissions criteria, please review the additional program requirements.
Students interested in pursuing the Medical Assisting certificate can take the following classes:
- You may complete POFT 1301 Business English, and/or POFT 1325 Business Math and Machine Applications
People & Places
Dr. Bill Drees
Health and Human Services Division
Medical Assisting Program Director
The Medical Assisting Program is nationally accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through September 15, 2018. This allows students to sit for The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant exam, the American Medical Technologists Registered Medical Assistants exam (RMA) and the National Health Careers Association; CCMA, CMAA, CMLA, or CET exams.