Learn the vitals of clinical and administrative MA work and earn your certificate or degree
The best part of the Medical Assistant Program at Kirtland is you get to practice sticking needles in your classmates’ arms. Sound fun? Remember, they get to practice on you too. It’s our way of keeping everyone honest, which is great for a career that demands high levels of honesty and integrity.
Of course, all our labs are performed under the supervision of highly trained faculty, and the state-of-the-art lab at Kirtland features replicas of medical facilities, along with dummies to practice on, and flesh-like simulators for blood draws, IVs and more.
The front line of medical care
Medical assistants are, in many cases, the first contact patients have when they enter a hospital or doctor’s office. From offering a warm, human touch to the public, to taking vitals, to drawing blood, to doing dressings, MAs perform hands-on clinical work, reception duties and billing.
As instructor Deb Datema says, “Medical assistants are the eyes and ears of their community. They have to be caring and they have to be trustworthy—a vault.” And if you can remain a trusted professional, your workdays will always be entertaining. “You’ll never have the same day twice and you’ll hear and see a bit of everything. ”
Fast-track from college to career
For people looking to change careers quickly, and to earn their way into a job with a good salary and regular working hours, the Medical Assistant Program is a three-semester course of study—1. prerequisites (anatomy and physiology, and NO MATH… none, nada), 2. lab work and 3. internship—during which time students form tight-knit study and social groups. After all, how could you not when you’re using one another for practice with needles?
The program can be intensive, with full-day course and lab work on Mondays and Wednesdays, so students are encouraged to account for dedicated study time. Fortunately, the college offers counseling, tutoring and time management assistance, to help students—especially students with families and full-time jobs—to stay on course until they complete their degree.
Top-notch training and real-world learning
The Medical Assistant Program does more than train students for handling needles and taking vitals. Our program covers professionalism, medical ethics and even appearance, including tattoos, piercings, jewelry and appropriate hair styling in the workplace. The goal of the program is to teach people the technical medical skills and the softer office skills required to succeed.
Whether you’re new to medicine or already working in medicine and building on your education, scholarships may be available, either through the college or through your employer. Talk to one of our advisors about options. And if you’re looking to get out of your current job and earn a career, Kirtland is here to set you on course with certificates and associate degrees available.
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Tap a vein on an exciting new career by learning more about Medical Assistant Degrees at Kirtland Community College.