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Healthcare Occupations - Students will be prepared to enter the fast-growing health care field as a valuable assistant and to have strong basic skills to continue health care training in college.moa10

The Medical Office Assistant program allows students to become one of the most important people in the health care field. Graduates of this program will be able to move onto either post secondary studies or enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Students will acquire the skills necessary to help with the administrative and clinical tasks needed to keep offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.  Study in this program will allow students to become experienced in scheduling appointments, billing, maintaining medical records, purchasing equipment, and arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services. In addition to clerical functions, students will gain experience taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical office assistants also may collect and prepare laboratory specimens or even perform basic laboratory tests, and sterilize medical instruments. They may instruct patients about medication and special diets; or they may draw blood, give injections or other treatments, and change dressings.