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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.
My personal experience here at Ross Medical Education Center has been amazing so far! Ever since I began my journey here, I have grown as a person and built unbreakable friendships with my peers. I also have a wonderful instructor who has not only taught me the skills to prepare me for the field of Dentistry, but how to work with others as a team and to become a better person overall.Sarah Stevens Graduate Dental Assistant student at Erlanger, KY campus Graduation: May 28, 2019
I really enjoyed getting to talk to and interact with other students and getting to work with my instructors.Mary Tate Graduate Online - Medical Office Management student at Ross College Online campus Graduation: November 27, 2018
I came to Ross Medical because I wanted to change my career path; I wanted something more hands on. I have the most amazing instructors who have supported me every step of the way. They are providing me with the skills I am going to need to be successful in the medical field. I am happy I chose Ross Medical Education Center.Bonika Surline Graduate Medical Assistant student at Port Huron, MI campus Graduation: March 27, 2019
Ross has been great in my life. The instructors got me through some hard times in class and in my personal life. This experience has been wonderful. I've never completed any higher education until now. Ross has driven me to continue toward my nursing degree. After externship, I now work for a great doctor in pain management, and I love it.Toshiba Smith Graduate Medical Assistant student at Granger, IN campus Graduation: December 31, 2018
I thank Ross for everything that they have done, from the first time I stepped foot on their campus. I was so afraid, but not so much of starting school, but afraid of failure. That was my biggest fear until talking with one of the school's administrators. She made me feel so comfortable in becoming a student at Ross. Once I started and met my teachers it became so easy. They took time out to help me when I didn't understand things, which made it that much easier. Once I got to my externship I was so excited yet afraid at the same time. However, where they sent me for my externship is where I wanted to go and upon completion, I am very proud to say that I got hired and I am still working there to this day! Ross helped me with my career so much that I enrolled in the online school for Ross and received my associates degree. It was hard being a full-time mom, employee, and student, but I did it and so can you, thanks to Ross and its amazing team!Shayla Hall Graduate Medical Assistant student at Portage, MI campus Graduation: November 9, 2016
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.