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August 24, 2013

WC to offer medical assistant program

Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education department will offer a newly enhanced Medical Assistant Certification Program beginning September.

This program is approximately six months in length and is designed to prepare students for employment as medical assistants. The course combines classroom instruction of 150 hours, including 42 hours of online training and access to interactive learning tools, and the off-site externship of 160 hours to provide the student with a comprehensive learning experience. Students must successfully complete the classroom and externship instruction to be awarded the Medical Assistant Certification that allows them to sit for the National Registry for Certified Medical Assistants (NRCMA) exam.

Medical assistants are allied health professionals who assist physicians in the ambulatory care setting and perform a variety of clinical, laboratory and administrative tasks. The specific duties of a medical assistant may vary by location, specialty and size of the medical practice.

In small practices, medical assistants handle both administrative and clinical duties. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts healthcare needs will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018. The medical assistant job openings are expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients.

Students enrolling in this program must comply with and complete all requirements as outlined in the “Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education Fall 2013 Schedule.”

For more information, call 817-598-8819 or visit www.wc.edu/ce.

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