Medical Assisting

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals that can perform both administrative and clinical procedures in ambulatory medical settings.  NMCC's two-year medical assisting program provides these skills to students.  Some of the skills taught throughout the program include managing electronic health records, coding, bookkeeping, medical insurance processing, obtaining vital signs, performing CLIA waived laboratory tests, performing EKGs, and collecting blood samples.  The curriculum consists of classroom instruction and skills laboratories. In the final semester, students spend 160+ hours in an off-campus supervised externship.  When in this setting, students take the skills taught on campus and directly apply them in the ambulatory medical setting.
 
Graduates of the medical assisting program will be competent medical assistants that can secure employment in medical offices or ambulatory clinics.  In the State of Maine, medical assistants work under the direction of health care providers.  Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) national certification exam.