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LSC-North Harris Medical Assisting Department

LSC 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!

Fall 2021  INFORMATION SESSIONS and Application Information

Important Dates for the Fall 2021 Semester application period:

  • Virtual Information Session : March 1, 2021- July 11, 2021
  • Application packet may only be requested between: March 1, 2021 - July 11, 2021
  • The last date to test for the PSB admissions exam will be July 19, 2021
  • All completed applications must be submitted no later than July 26, 2021 @ 5pm
  • Admissions decisions will be sent via email by: August 2, 2021

***No application packets for the Fall 2021 application period will be given after July 11 , 2021 as anytime after that date will not allow an interested applicant enough time to gather materials and sign up for the required program admissions exam.

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

 There will not be a Spring 2022 cohort.

For more information about Medical Assisting, please contact Kellie Herrin, Program Director at 281-943-6830 or  Juanita Garcia, Advisor at 281-943-6906.

People & Places
Kellie Herrin
Medical Assisting Program Director
(281) 943-6830

Juanita Garcia 
(281) 943-6906

The Lone Star College North Harris Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355- 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Ph. 727.210.2350

This accreditation 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.

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