The Medical Assisting field is red-hot; the U.S. Department of Labor is projecting Medical Assisting to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals and often work at physicians’ offices and perform administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform routine administrative and clinical tasks under the direct supervision of a physician. Their duties vary depending on the specific size and specialty of the medical office.
The mission of the West Georgia Technical College Medical Assisting Program is to provide students with didactic and clinical learning experiences in the administrative and clinical skills necessary to succeed as inter-disciplinary medical assistants. The program goal of the Medical Assisting Program at West Georgia Technical College is: “To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.” Through hands on education, students are prepared for employment in various medical settings, including specialty offices, public health, and hospitals. Graduates of this Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program will receive a diploma in medical assisting and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam offered by either the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or American Medical Technologists (AMT).
The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Further information regarding accreditation of the Medical Assisting program can be found through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).
The Medical Assisting Program at West Georgia Technical College has a student retention rate of 100% for 2019, a job placement rate of 88% in 2019, and the exam passage rate was 100%. There are a number of support services available to students to help aid in the successful completion of the program.
Graduates of medical assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Registered Medical Assisting exam through the American Medical Technologists (AMT).