Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly.

The Medical Assistant program allows students to master clinical techniques including examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, minor office surgery, routine laboratory procedures including phlebotomy and EKG, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, CPR, and first aid. The program also teaches the student a variety of office skills including answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.

Upon completion of the training program, graduates will receive diplomas and become eligible to take the Medical Assistant National Exam.

Academic Calendar

» Class Schedule

OMCC Medical Assistant program is divided into three ten-week terms with one-week break in between each term. We offer both day and evening classes:

Class Program Length
Day Class 3 terms; 61 credit hours

» Program Calendar

Start Date Last Day of Class
February 3, 2020 September 11, 2020
April 20, 2020 November 27, 2020
July 6, 2020 February 26, 2021
September 21, 2020 May 14, 2021
December 7, 2020 July 30, 2021
March 8, 2021 October 15, 2021

Career Description

The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. Medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner.

Administrative medical assistants update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Clinical medical assistants have various duties including taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants also collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.

Career Outlook

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008 - 2018 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification.

As the healthcare industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, there will be an increased need for all healthcare workers. The increasing prevalence of certain conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, also will increase demand for healthcare services and medical assistants.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed application form, emergency contact form, and student enrollment agreement

  • Valid photo ID and social security card

  • An official high school transcript or equivalent (GED)

  • Current, active CPR card (through Red Cross or American Heart Association)

  • Physical exam and two-step Mantoux tuberculin tests (for TB) within last year

  • Any college or university transcripts for transfer credit

  • Offered in These Location(s)

  • Ohio Medical Career Center - Dayton