What is a Medical Assistant?

If you have a caring manner and the desire to work with patients, then medical assisting may be the ideal career for you. Medical assistants help care for patients and perform clinical and administrative tasks in offices of physicians, chiropractors, and hospitals.

BIR's Program

BIR’s Medical Assisting Program includes comprehensive training in clinical and administrative duties, provides externships with doctors and hospitals, incorporates industry certifications and provides career development assistance. The clinical portion includes EKG, pharmacology, phlebotomy, vital signs, routine and emergency medical procedures and treatments, and CPR. The administrative portion covers training in insurance claim preparation and submission, health information management, patient account management, and medical software.

Externships

BIR Training Center offers externship placements to students in our Medical Assisting Program. These opportunities allow students to gain over 160 hours of hands-on experience in a medical setting. Students in the externship work in a medical facility under supervision of licensed medical professionals, including physicians and nurses.

Industry Certification Preparation

  • Certified EKG Technician (NHA*)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA*)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (NHA*)
  • CPR Certification from the American Heart Association

BIR Training Center is an NHA approved training and national certification testing site.

Other Certification Preparation

  • Registered Medical Assistant (Program Completion)
  • Certified Medical Assistant (Program Completion)

Careers in Medical Assisting

There has never been a better time to enter the medical field. As the medical industry continues to grow, so does employment for medical assistants in general and specialized practices, phlebotomy labs. You don’t need a prior medical background to be trained in this high demand, high growth occupation. As a result of BIR’s comprehensive training, medical externships, and national certification preparation, BIR students are able to find rewarding jobs upon graduation.

Medical Assistants Program Description

Medical assistants help care for patients and are employed in general and specialized practices, healthcare organizations such as hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics, as well as clinical laboratories. According to the 2012-2013 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Department of Labor, Medical Assisting is projected to” grow much faster than average” and job prospects are “excellent” through 2020. “Medical assistants with formal training or experience—particularly those with certification—should have the best opportunities.” BIR’s Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting Program provides comprehensive training in clinical, laboratory, and administrative duties. Clinical training focuses on pharmacology, specimen collection and laboratory analysis, phlebotomy, emergency treatment techniques, EKG, vital signs, and other routine medical procedures in properly equipped clinical labs. The administrative portion provides training in cash flow management, insurance claim preparation and submission, customer service, health information management, and medical software. Students are also required to complete over 150-hours in an externship program which provides students the opportunity to apply the information and skills learned through lectures and clinical labs in a healthcare facility. Externships are completed off-campus at a medical office, clinic, or hospital-associated office assigned by BIR Training Center in association with an Externship Coordinator.

As part of the program, students study to take the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, the Certified Electrocardiogram Technician (CET) exam, and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam from the NHA (National Healthcareer Association). BIR Training Center is an NHA approved training and national certification testing site. Medical Assisting students receive credentialing to administer CPR through the American Heart Association. BIR’s affiliation with the American Medical Technologists permits our graduates to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam.

The Medical Assisting Program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and medical laboratories. Some Medical Assistants work in specialized healthcare offices, such as chiropractors, podiatrists, and ophthalmologists. As the medical industry continues to grow, so does employment for Medical Assistants. No prior medical training is necessary to become a Medical Assistant.

Program: 10 Courses 37 Credits

FULL-TIME COMPLETION LENGTH:
83 weeks, 19 months or 11 terms
(Completion length includes a one-term break)*

PART-TIME COMPLETION LENGTH:
90 weeks, 21 months or 12 terms
(Completion length includes a one-term break)

*A student who will not take a break during their program of study will be able to complete the program while attending full-time in 76 weeks, 16 months or 9 terms. or in 83 weeks.


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PROGRAM INFO

Program Length

  • Full-time*
    16 months (for students who do not take a break during their course of study)

Schedule

  • A full-time student taking 4 credits and attending 3 session per week may choose:
  • Mornings: 8:40am– Noon
  • Afternoons:1:20pm– 4:40pm
  • Evenings6:00 pm– 9:20pm

Class Length

  • 7 weeks

Average Class and Lab Size

  • 18 students
Medical Assisting Program

Financial Information

low tuition and no-interest payment plans.

Federal and state financial aid and G.I. Bill benefits are available for qualified students.

Career Assistance

The Career Development course provides students with a program overview, job search strategies, resumé writing and interviewing techniques. BIR students will be prepared for entry in this high growth field.

Externship

Externship is part of the program and offered at physician's offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other medical facilities. Externships are under the direction of the site supervisor and BIR's externship coordinator.

Industry Certification Preparation

  • Certified EKG Technician (NHA*)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA*)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (NHA*)
  • CPR Certification from the American Heart Association

* BIR Training Center is an NHA approved training and national certification testing site.

Support

Tutoring in math, English, and computer skills is available.

Universal

BIR is authorized under Fedral law to enroll non-immigrant students.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE for a full-time student in the Medical Assisting Program who takes a ONE-TERM break during their course
of study



Term 1

ABM 100 Mathematics and Computation Review 2

CIT 090 Computer Productivity Tools and Keyboarding 3

Term 2

HCP 101 Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy, and Physiology 4

Term 3

HCP 201 Medical Office Administration 4

Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Exam

Term 4

HCP 202 Healthcare Reimbursement, Ethics, and Compliance 4

Term 5

HCP 204 Pharmacology and Medication Administration 3

Term 6

HCP 205 Phlebotomy and Specimen Collection 4

Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam

Term 7

Break

Credits for a full-time student after the first year of study 24

Term 8

HCP 206 Medical Assisting and Infection Control 4

EKG Technician Certification Exam, CPR Certification Test

Term 9 and 10

HCP 311 Medical Assisting Externship 5

Term 11

HCP 314 Medical Assisting Career Development 4

Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam

Credits earned at program completion 37