Medical Assistant (MA)

8 Months to Certificate or 15 Months to Degree

So you’re thinking about becoming a Medical Assistant?

You’ve thought, “I want a career that’s rewarding and will always have positions available for me.”

Or maybe, “I’d love to be a nurse someday. It would be really amazing to be able to try it out and see if I liked it without having to commit to years in nursing school.”

If any of this sounds familiar, you may be in the right place!

Medical Assistants work in a variety of facilities and have a large variety of responsibilities. They can work in the front office – setting appointments and working with finance and insurance, or they can work in the back office – rooming patients, giving injections, working in the phlebotomy lab, or working with patients.

MAs are actually very similar to LPNs with the exception of IV therapy. They walk the line between caring for patients and doing the administrative office work.

Our incoming students love the quickness of the MA program because it allows them to get in and out of school in as little as 8 months and begin working at a healthcare facility.  Once they start working, they can see what parts of the job they enjoy and what they don’t. Many go on to nursing school or another specialized training based on what they discover about their preferences while working as an MA.

2017 MA Job Placement Rate
100%
avg starting hourly wage of 2017 MA grads
$11
2017 MA Certificate Pass Rate
100%
hours spent in externship
180

What You’ll Learn

1st Semester:

You’ll be learning the basics with a refresher on how to study and succeed in school (great for students that have been out of school for a while):

  • Billing and coding
  • Computer concepts
  • Medical math, administering medication, electronic health records, and confidentiality.
  • Most of your learning will take place in the classroom and skills/simulation lab where you’ll practice on mannequins. 
2nd Semester:

You’ll dive into the body systems, illness, and medications and practice our new skills in more real-life, hands-on settings:

  • Learn each body system and do a brief overview of healthcare concerns, tests and diagnostic assessments.
  • Review groups of medications, their actions and uses, therapeutic response, and side effects.
  • Conception to adulthood and the diseases, disorders and care needed for those ages.
  • You’ll practice skills in a variety of locations such as Peds/OB Clinics, Labor and Delivery, Walk-In Clinics, ER, OR, ICU, Wound Care, Cancer Center, Dialysis and more.
3rd Semester (only for Associate program):

You’ll round out your education with the remainder gen-eds.

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Biology Concepts
  • Composition
4th Semester (only for Associate program):

You’ll round out your education with the remainder gen-eds.

  • Fundamental Mathematical Concepts
  • The Art of Human Communication
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until next Medical Assistant (MA) program starts

First come, first qualified, first accepted.

Prerequisites

  • None

Requirements for Program

  • General entrance exam
  • Background check
  • Official High school/GED/College transcript

Gen-Eds and how they work at BTC

Unlike other colleges, the bulk of your education here is focused on healthcare. We do not waste your time with excess general education courses.

By default, our gen-ed classes are built in and taken during your program. This is so you can complete the whole program in a shorter timeframe and get back into the workforce quickly.

Unlike other schools, YOU CAN CHOOSE to take the gen-ed classes before your program begins if you would rather get some classes out of the way early. Some students prefer to lighten the course load for later semesters when the schoolwork gets more intense.

How We Set Our Students Up For Success

Externship

Classroom learning is pointless if you’re not confident practicing your skills in real-life. We wouldn’t want to throw you to the wolves as a new Medical Assistant without any hands-on practice, so we make sure that after learning skills in the classroom, you have plenty of time and various scenarios to practice those skills…whether on a computerized mannequin that simulates real-life symptoms or on real patients at healthcare facilities under instructor guidance. Toward the end of your program you’ll spend over 180 hours practicing your skills in a variety of scenarios at several medical facilities in the area.

Simulation and Skills Labs

Our brand new campus was opened in January 2016 and when we moved to our new building, we were able to include an advanced simulation and skills lab. Our lab includes several rooms, one set of which operates as a real-life hospital room setup. From a separate control room, instructors can make the mannequins show symptoms specific to certain health problems, while the students practice skills on a simulation mannequin. This helps take pressure off of students and allows them to make plenty of mistakes before practicing on a real patient.

Job Placement

BTC does not have a specific job placement guarantee, but we do everything in our power to help you find and get a job during your last semester of school. As shown by our 100% placement rate for 2017 RN grads, 2017 LPN grads, and 2017 MA grads, this is a job we take seriously. It is typical for almost all of our students to have secured jobs even before they graduate! We help prepare our students for the workforce by :

  • Giving class time and instructor help with writing resumes, practicing interview skills, and other skills related to job searching.
  • Having local recruiters and healthcare professionals visit your classroom and talk to all students about their facility and any jobs available.
  • Constantly alerting students to upcoming career fairs and networking opportunities.
  • Passing along job opening information from local healthcare facilities that approach us requesting qualified candidates.

Why BTC?

We’re a small school with small class sizes, close to home, and where everyone really does know your name. At some larger schools, you’re stuck in giant classrooms with an impersonal atmosphere and no help in sight, but at BTC you’re a name, not just a number.

Help is always available and our staff and faculty bend over backward to help out with whatever you’ve got going on as we help you navigate the waters of an MA program.

Student Story

BTC’s LPN program didn’t start for another few months, so I went ahead and started the Medical Assistant program to get more nursing experience. This allowed me to get started with school right away because I knew if I didn’t stick to my goal and start now I wouldn’t come back. Plus, the MA program gave me more experience because I learned all about shots and the nursing side, and I got that administrative side of the nursing field.

-Ashlee Holm, MA Class of 2017 & Current LPN student

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Program Details

Academic Associate of Science Degree / Certificate Program

The Medical Assistant program is designed to provide the student with fundamental skills that will enable them to function at entry level as a Medical Assistant in the health care setting.  The student will possess a broad range of administrative skills to educate patients and support business aspects of the medical organization.  The classes listed below are not necessarily taught in the sequence shown.  The Medical Assistant student will possess the requisite skills and knowledge to obtain a national Medical Assistant certification at the end of course study.

Program Length: 4 Semesters / 64 weeks or 2 Semesters / 32 weeks

Program Objectives

  • To prepare the student with the knowledge and necessary skill to enter the medical field as a multi-skilled professional assisting in patient care management.
  • To develop clinical skills including phlebotomy and clinical fundamentals.
  • Acquire knowledge in general education content.

Employment Opportunities

  • Doctor’s Office
  • Occupational Health Centers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Hospitals

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