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 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 dressings.
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!
Are you looking for a meaningful job?
Do you like helping others?
Do you have an interest in health and medicine?
Are you a "people" person?
Are you good at multi - tasking; switching tasks throughout the workday?
Do you like variety in your job?
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!
The Medical Assistant Program at Lone Star College-CyFair has a job placement rate average of 87% for the 2018 graduates.
Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Lone Star College-CyFair are satisfied with the education that they receive with an average graduate satisfaction rate of 100% over the past five years.
The Medical Assisting Program at Lone Star College-CyFair has an average retention rate of 88% over the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
Employer satisfaction rate for the Medical Assistant Program at Lone Star College-CyFair is 100%.
The Medical Assistant at Lone Star College-CyFair has a CMA national pass rate of 93% over the past 5 years.
Final acceptance into the Medical Assisting Program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check and drug screening (as required by clinical facilities), which will be completed by an approved agency at the student's expense.
(Official transcripts must be sent to the Medical Assisting Program AND to LSC–CyFair Student Services Department to fulfill this requirement!)