Medical Assistant Training Program Details
The Medical Assistant certificate program is designed to train students in basic medical assisting skills. Medical assistants are multi-faceted members of the medical office team who work closely with doctors, registered nurses, and other office personnel delivering patient care.
The Medical Assistant program covers a number of subject areas including Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Phlebotomy, EKG, and Medical Billing. Students also learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmacology, the administration of medications, and first aid. Office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics are also covered in the program.
In addition to the standard skills taught in most medical assistant programs, students at AIMS are trained in several unique areas that will allow them to stand out from their colleagues. They will learn specialty skills that can be utilized in OB/GYN and Pediatric practices. In addition all medical assistant students will be instructed thoroughly in proper wound care.
The Medical Assistant program requires students to complete a mandatory 200-hour clinical internship. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical training in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.
AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.
Employment for Medical Assistants
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other healthcare practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice, as well as the practitioner’s specialty. Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the next decade.
Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility
Medical assistant graduates will be eligible to take the medical assistant certification examinations offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), and National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Graduates who pass the certification exams can earn the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential from AAMA, the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential from AMT, or the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) credential from NHA.
Eligibility requirements for the medical assistant certifications are solely determined by AAMA, AMT, and NHA, and are subject to change at any time. AAMA, AMT, and NHA are independent organizations. AIMS does not guarantee certification/registry exam eligibility.