Medical Assisting Diploma
About the Diploma
Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.
Well-balanced instruction in business skills and medical procedures enables the graduate to assist the physician in routine practice. The responsibilities of medical assistants vary, depending on whether they work in a clinic, hospital, large group practice or small private office.
Graduates of the program who desire to work in a clinic, hospital, or large group practice are eligible to take the certification exam for Medical Assistants given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) in order to be designated as a Certified Medical Assistant.
Special Admissions Requirements
- Due to the limited availability of slots in these programs, admission is competitive.
- Applicants are advised to apply early.
- OCtech seeks to identify students who can achieve at an appropriate level in the curriculum and diversity among its student population.
Please review carefully: Medical Assisting Admissions Overview
- Admissions requirements are obtained by attending a Health Information Program (HIP). All applicants are required to attend a program as part of the admissions process. (Online HIP sessions are available for those unable to attend in person. On-campus sessions are strongly recommended.)
This program requires the use of a laptop computer.
Students may purchase one from the OCtech Bookstore or provide their own device. A laptop may be purchased using financial aid or scholarship funds. Students are also encouraged to purchase a support package, extended warranties and/or accidental coverage for their device.
If you have your own laptop, it must
• have a USB port
• be capable of adding a second browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox
• be capable of downloading a free Office 365 license provided by OCtech
• be capable of playing and recording audio and video
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification exam for medical assistants given by the American Association of Medical Assistants, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL, 60606; telephone: (312) 899-1500; www.aama-ntl.org.
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The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; telephone: (727) 210-2350; www.caahep.org.
To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.