About The Medical Assistant School Programs
Earn your Medical Assisting Diploma in as little as 15 months.*
In a little over the year, you could be starting a new, rewarding career as a healthcare professional! Applying for medical assistant school is the first step in getting started with the program. Medical Assistants often love helping people and provide vital support to doctors and nurses in doctor’s offices, clinics, and non-critical settings.
Every student wonders about the healthcare jobs they may get after finishing school. In this role, some of your tasks might include:
- Assisting physicians in exam rooms
- Initial exam room patient interviews
- Taking patient vital signs
- Preparing lab specimens
A Medical Assisting Diploma prepares students for numerous entry-level healthcare jobs, too. Students may complete the program in 15-19 months. Read on to learn about career opportunities, job outlook, and salary averages.
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What To Expect as a Student
As a Medical Assisting student at IBMC College, you will attend lecture classes with our devoted instructors and work with other students in hands-on labs. Yes, school means hard work, and tests too, but tests show the school – and yourself – that you’re ready to help people as a healthcare professional! Plus, IBMC’s one-on-one instruction, peer and supportive faculty, help to ensure you reach your career goals. Whether you’re working toward your first job or starting a new career, IBMC will make sure you are ready to succeed.
Because most of your classes are career-relevant, you’ll earn your diploma as quickly as possible. Here is a small sample of courses and hands-on learning:
- Emergency Procedures
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology: Structure & Movement
- Clinical Skills
- Vital sign measurements
- EKGs and radiography
- Administrative and front office skills
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During the last five weeks of your coursework, you will test your new skills through a hands-on externship in a physician’s office, clinic, or healthcare facility.
IBMC College wants you to be successful in your new career! When you graduate, our career placement assistance team will work with you and provide the resources you need to build a career in the healthcare field.
Flexible Schedules for Your Busy Life
Whether you’re looking to attend class full-time or need more flexibility, we offer course scheduling options for the morning, afternoon or evening, in most cases, at all campuses. Because you may need flexibility with work, kids or life, you can balance it all while preparing for your new career. Our Admissions Representatives will help you explore your opportunities and explain the different possibilities to meet your own graduation schedule.
Details About the Medical Assisting Program
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The objective of this program is to provide you with the skills and knowledge that will enable you to qualify for an entry-level position as a medical assistant.
- Class sizes offer an optimal teacher to student ratio
- A mix of lecture, labs, and clinical externship provide a well-rounded balance of learning materials
- Flexible schedules allow for individuals to customize the program to work with their personal needs
- Attend any of five campuses, from Colorado Springs to Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Career placement assistance to help you succeed after graduation
Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma
- 60 credit hours (17 classes)
- The emphasis is on clinical skills including instruction in medical terminology, medical insurance billing, medical office procedures, medical clinical procedures, as well as instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.
- Download a full list of Medical Assisting Diploma Classes. [pdf]
* Check with individual institution to verify transferability.
Certifications make you a more marketable and valuable job candidate. They show potential employers that you have successfully completed the relevant coursework and medical training needed to do the job, and that you are dedicated to success in healthcare. Certain jobs require specific certifications. When you graduate IBMC, you’ll have the certificates you need to get to work!
In addition to receiving your diploma, your course work will also provide you the opportunity to test for the following certifications:
- Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) or Nationally Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
- Nationally Registered Phlebotomy Technician
- BLS and First Aid Certification (Adult, Child, and Infant)
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Blood-borne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation of Medical Assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average of all occupations through 2024 — an employment increase of 23%.*
There are many types of healthcare positions, and no one can say exactly which jobs you will find. Other IBMC graduates and people with similar training have found employment by/as:
- Medical Records
- Insurance Companies
- Physician’s Practice
- Pediatric Clinic
- Healthcare Offices
- Medical Secretary
- Clinical Assistant
- Surgery Scheduler
The different roles in this profession assure you a fast-moving and challenging career — a career for people who want knowledge of the medical field and enjoy helping and working with others!
To help you find your first job, IBMC offers career placement assistance which is offered to current students and post-graduates.
*These are national statistics and not geographically assigned. For more information, visit the Career Services Department at IBMC College.
Q: What do medical assistants do? A: Medical assistants work with doctors and nurses as they care for patients in non-critical care settings including physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and healthcare facilities. They also play important roles in the office. Medical assistants perform tasks such as:
- Vital sign measurements
- Preparation of lab specimens
- Equipment sterilization
- EKGs and radiography
- Dressing changes and suture removal
- Administrative and front office
Q: How much do medical assistants make? A: The median wage was $30,590 for medical assistants in May 2015*. Every person and every job is different. Job prospects for medical assistants are good with employment projected increase 23 percent from 2014 to 2024.*
* Find more detailed information in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition for medical assistants. [http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm]
Q: What skills do medical assisting students learn? A: Medical assistants are trained in a number of important clinical and healthcare tasks supporting nurses and physicians to serve patients with non-critical care. Medical assistant classes teach students to perform tasks like these [What do medical assistants do]. Classes Cover topics like:
- Emergency Procedures
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Fundamentals of Clinical Assisting
- Laboratory Techniques
Q: What are the prerequisites for the MA program? A: Our medical assisting program requires proof of a high school diploma or equivalent, and students must be at least 18 years of age. No other education or work experience is needed.
Q: Is lab work included or required for a Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma? A: Yes, students study in hands-on laboratory settings, learning from dedicated instructors and interacting with fellow students.
Q: Where are medical assisting classes offered? A: IBMC offers the diploma medical assisting program at all of our Colorado and Wyoming campuses; Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne.
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