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Each of our school campuses offer medical assistant training. The program provides class instruction on basic human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, medical terminology, first aid, assisting with examinations, and CMA procedures.
Instructors also give direction on administrative office skills including medical charting and filing, basic word processing and computer information, customer service skills, and various other routine office procedures. After successfully completing the MA program, students should be prepared to work in entry-level positions in a physician’s office, clinic, or other medical setting.
What is a Medical Assistant?
A medical assistant is a healthcare professional that works alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff. Medical assistants are found in physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics, and a variety of other locations. In some larger facilities, they are oftentimes specialized in a particular area, whether clinical or administrative. In smaller practices, a medical assistant will likely be found performing a variety of both administrative and clinical tasks and helping to keep the office running smoothly.
The final portion of the Medical Assistant program at Ross is an externship experience. The externship is crucial to the learning experience for every Ross student, as it gives them a chance to apply what they have been taught and practiced in the classroom to a real world setting. The externship also provides employers an opportunity to assess students’ skills prior to hiring entry-level allied health professionals. In addition, unlike some other schools, Ross does not require any waiting period for externships as part of the curriculum! This is another example of our commitment to students’ success.
As healthcare and technology continue to move forward, certification becomes even more important to employers looking to add to their healthcare team. Becoming certified in the medical assisting field shows that you are highly qualified, knowledgeable in your field, and committed to being the best. It shows that you are dedicated to providing excellent patient care and desire to continue growing in your profession.
At Ross, we understand the importance of CMA certification and are confident in the preparation they provide to graduates. Due to this, Ross offers reimbursement to graduates that take the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam through American Medical Technologists.
Being at Ross has completely changed my life. I had just had my son and knew I had to figure out what I wanted to do. My first day at Ross, I knew I wanted to be here. I am so happy I made the leap to be here and am so close to being on the career path I am meant to be on.Gabrianna Lambert Graduate Medical Assistant student at Erlanger, KY campus Graduation: January 18, 2019
Ross allowed me the flexibility to continue to be a stay at home mom while going back to school. Bettering myself for my family was my main motivation.Kailey Rahme Graduate Medical Assistant student at Lansing, MI campus Graduation: December 18, 2018
In May of 2017, I decided to start my journey, and though many obstacles popped up trying to prevent me from starting, I was able to begin school in June of 2017. When I started school, I was working a part time job and juggling being a full time mom of six beautiful children. It wasn't easy; it took hard work and dedication. I kept two planners: one for work and appointments, the other for school assignments and tests. In January of of 2018, I finished my externship and received my certificate. I even accepted a position when I finished my externship; my hard work had paid off. I absolutely love my job! My team members and patients are great. Best of all, they make work fun. I have truly found my calling.Erica Shelly Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kokomo, IN campus Graduation: January 3, 2018
Being in the VA program instructed by Ms. Shevock has re-affirmed my dreams of becoming a veterinarian.Paige Meyers Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at Canton, MI campus Graduation: May 8, 2019
My experience at Ross has been wonderful to say the least. The staff here truly cares for the students' success, and it shows. I am glad to be a part of such a great team! Thank you all for the opportunity to change my tomorrow today!Sheena Tipton Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Flint, MI campus Graduation: April 2, 2019
The Medical Assistant program at Ross has six modules plus an externship that include a mix of hands-on practice and coverage of informational topics. The course is structured so that the modules can be completed in any order. Each one has important aspects of your medical assisting training.
Students will be instructed on the stages of infection as well as the proper and safe handling of microbial specimens. This class will include an overview of OSHA and CLIA regulations and guidelines.
This class will introduce students to the administrative routines of a medical office. This will include records management, appointment scheduling, reception duties, an introduction to the electronic medical record and electronic charting, and important aspects of patient interaction.
This course includes discussion of the structure and function of the body as a whole. Students will be introduced to anatomical position and direction, function balance, and applicable vocabulary.
This class will discuss microbial control and the mechanisms of disease, as well as techniques and procedures used to maintain surgical and medical asepsis.
This class will introduce students to the basic routine of the medical office. Skills relating to radiology and patient physical examination and interaction will be covered.
Students will be presented with keyboard and touch typing techniques and will practice for speed and accuracy.
This course will present the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, and urinary systems. The vocabulary regarding these systems will be included.
This class will introduce students to the structure and function of the kidney, ureters, and bladder. Students will also practice proper collection, care, and handling of urine specimens.
This class will provide an introduction to administering, prescribing, and dispensing medication. Some basic aspects of pharmacology as well as practice with administration of medications is included.
Students will receive instruction on basic operations and functions of word processing systems.
This course covers the structure and function of the muscular and digestive systems as well as the appropriate vocabulary.
This class will introduce the electrical conduction system of the heart and the cardiac cycle as they relate to ECGs (Electrocardiograms), including the use of the ECG machine as a diagnostic tool. Students will perform PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests) using a spirometer and also practice using a nebulizer.
This class provides instruction on applying fundamental math concepts to accounts receivable, electronic billing, and collection procedures.
Students will be introduced to practical applications of basic mathematical concepts including payroll, check writing, inventory, and reading measurements.
This course includes a discussion of the structure and function of the heart, blood and blood vessels, and respiratory system. Some cardiopulmonary procedures and disorders, as well as applicable vocabulary, will be taught.
This class will include practical application of insurance billing procedures, completion of claim forms, claim tracking, and information extraction. Basic insurance terminology and plans including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMOs, and private options are discussed.
Students will be introduced to coding procedures and practical application of the various coding manuals.
Use of electronic medical records for insurance billing and medical office management techniques will be covered in this class. Appropriate patient interaction and the total patient encounter will also be discussed.
This course will introduce the structure and function of the endocrine and reproductive systems. This will include hormone regulation, the organs and glands included, diseases and disorders, and applicable vocabulary.
Procedures involving the eye and ear, tissue healing, obstetrics, and pediatrics will be discussed in this class. A variety of specialty procedures will be covered.
This class introduces the student to the appropriate handling of medical emergencies including resuscitation, use of an AED, and bandaging wounds.
The three methods of venipuncture are introduced in this class. Students will be instructed on a variety of blood-drawing procedures and use of the applicable equipment. Students will get the opportunity to practice performing blood tests and receive direction on their diagnostic value.
This course will introduce the structure and function of special senses and the nervous system. This will include sense organs and receptors, eyes, ears, taste, smell, and applicable vocabulary.
This class will provide practice and insights to support students in developing confidence and independent job-seeking skills. A variety of skills and topics will be addressed including preparation of resume and cover letter, interviewing techniques, and job search and follow-up.