One of the fastest growing careers in the area. The mission of the Medical Assistant Training Program is to train individuals for entry-level positions in administrative, clinical and laboratory areas, preparing them to perform all these skills. It’s a great opportunity for career advancement in the Health Care Professions.
The functions of a Medical Assistant vary from office to office, depending on the office location, size and specialty. In a small office, the medical assistant is usually a “generalist”, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician or other health practitioner, on the other hand, in a large office, the medical assistant tends to be specialized in a particular area under the supervision of the clinical and administrative staff.
Medical Assistants perform many clinical and administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, greeting patients, updating and filing the patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, schedule appointments, hospital admissions and handling billing and bookkeeping.
Andromeda’s Medical Assistant Training Program provides a formal community-based training program that trains culturally sensitive Medical Assistants for employment in a physician’s office, community clinics and hospitals serving the Hispanic Population of D.C.
The program will also train MAs on different specialties such as: Primary Care, Family Practice, Mental Health and addiction outreach. The program is also focused on prevention of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, adjustment disorders, alcoholism and nutrition since these are the areas that are affecting the Hispanic community in the DC Area.
The ultimate goal is to empower the DC Hispanic Community to become more self-advocates for access of resources that are impacting their health and well-being to ensure that they will remain a vital source of productivity contributing to the development of the District of Columbia, assessing the needs of the community and disseminating information to the public, specifically to underserved populations of the Hispanic community including women, children and the elderly
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM
§ To train students with a least a High School Diploma or GED to become Medical Assistants and Health Educators.
§ To train bilingual (English & Spanish) and multicultural students with an understanding of Hispanic Cultures in order to create an atmosphere of cultural sensitivity and to increase the degree of cultural adaptability of the District’s health professionals while becoming part of one of the most rapidly growing careers.
§ To provide for a period of 1 year, a program with both theoretical and practical training at Andromeda, Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital Laboratory Departments and its Community Partners.
§ During the training, the students will be introduced to a variety of subjects ranging from medical terminology, the office laboratory tests, diagnostic procedures, the different systems of the human anatomy, health care in special populations such as pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics and emergency care among many others subjects included in the curriculum.
STUDENTS WILL LEARN
. To assist with medical exams, procedures, treatments and perform the patients’ intakes.
. Collect and process patient specimens and perform basic laboratory tests.
. Perform routine medical diagnostic tests (CBC, EKG, catheterization), phlebotomy and injections.
. Prepare and administer medications under physician’s order and supervision.
. Authorize drug refills as directed and fax prescription to a pharmacy.
. Educate patients about health problems, medications and special diets.
. Schedule, coordinate and monitor patient’s appointments.
. Process and manage insurance claims.
. Transcribe patient medical documentation into charts.
. Perform preventive medicine with patient education in health-related issues.
. Take medical history, record vital signs and BMI.
. Explain treatment procedures to patients, prepare patients for examinations, and assist the physician during the examination.
. Integrated classroom lectures, workshops and trainings with practical Externship Rotations in different clinics.
. Rotations at the Department of Laboratory Sciences at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital during the training.
REQUIREMENTS TO ENROLL
Call to schedule an interview at 202.291.4707 X118 and bring the following documents:
1. High School Diploma or GED
3. Photo ID
4. 2 Letters of Recommendation