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Medical Assisting

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Medical Assisting program is to provide quality training designed to meet the current and future needs of the Health Science community by: Assisting and preparing students for success in a medical environment. Respecting individual rights, and coordinating the needs of the student with the requirements of the medical industry. Promoting the formulation of positive, ethical, professional attitudes. Generating a will to excel in mastery of administrative and clinical skills. Providing a fluid curriculum, designed to meet and exceed the changing needs of this exciting profession.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Detail

Curriculum Framework

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Program Outlook

This is one of the most rapidly expanding professions within the allied health field. The role of the skilled medical assistant has a status of vital importance in the medical profession. Administrative office techniques include oral and written communications, medical records management, billing and collection techniques. The clinical competencies include learning first aid and CPR; assisting the physician with medical and surgical procedures; taking vital signs, EKG’s and basic X-rays; administering medications; and performing selected laboratory procedures including capillary and venipuncture. The student receives supervised practical experience in a physician’s office, clinic, or walk-in care facility following the completion of the theory portion of the program. Students are encouraged to join the Health Occupations Students of America, and are eligible to be nominated by their instructor to join the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. Students who successfully complete the requirements of certain programs may receive college credits toward an Associate in Science Degree at Miami-Dade Community College. Detailed information is available from a counselor in the Registration Office.

Program Content

  • Vocational Adjustments
  • Electrocardiology
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Medical Ethics
  • Basic X-ray Procedures
  • Medical Office Emergencies
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Communication
  • Body Structure
  • Psychology
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Typing and Transcriptions
  • Drugs and System Disorders
  • Insurance and Computers
  • Nutrition
  • Employability Skills
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Patient Education

Length of Program

The program is 1,300 hours and includes 250 hours clinical experience. Approximately 12-14 months are needed to complete the program. This program will contain several occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various entry level jobs within this occupational area.

Entrance Requirements

  • Application.
    • Interview by guidance counselor.
    • Interview by instructor
    • Physical Examination
    • Assessment in math, language, and reading
    • High School Diploma or GED
  • Fees:
    • ID $20.00
    • Application fee  $15.00
    • Material fee  $136.00
    • Tuition  $3328.00
    • Books $200.00
    • Miscellaneous fees
      • Background $75.00
      • Physical exam $20+
    • Uniform $25.00
    • Shoes $20.00
    • Stethoscope $15.00
    • Approximate total $3854.00

Entrance Dates

This program is offered three times a year. Call (305) 557-1100 and speak to a counselor about the next available class.

Career Opportunities

Medical Assistants can be employed in a physician’s office, laboratory (Phlebotomist), health insurance office, medical records facility, emergency care facility, home health care agency (administration area), skilled nursing care facility (administrative area); EKG technician (hospital); or medical office manager.

O*NET lists the following occupations that the Medical Assisting program prepares students to enter:

29-1111.00 Registered Nurses

29-1124.00 Radiation Therapists

29-2033.00 Nuclear Medicine Technologists

29-2041.00 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

31-1012.00 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants

31-9091.00 Dental Assistants

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The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs:

Tuition & Fees: $2795/program
Room and Board:
No on campus room or board provided
Off campus, not with family: Est. $21440/16 month program
Off campus, with family: Est. $12080/16 month program
Books and Supplies: $200/year
Other Cost:   N/A

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