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Cross-Train in Medicine & Office Administration 
Medical assistants are critical to the clinical and administrative functions of health care offices around the country. With an aging population and rapid technological advancements, the need for certified and technologically savvy medical assistants will continue to grow.
 
Fortunately, Broward College’s affordable Medical Assisting Program can be completed in 10 months, so you can quickly fulfill the demand for qualified medical assistants in South Florida. Look through our program and be sure to apply today once you feel that it’s the best move for your future.

The Broward College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs:

            25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158

            Clearwater, FL  33763

            727-210-2350

            www.caahep.org


Medical Assisting Information Sessions

Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 11:00am

Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 11:00am

Friday, March 18. 2016 @11:00 am

Friday, April 15,  2016 @ 11:00am​

Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 11:00am​

Info. sessions held Central Campus, Bldg. 8, Rm. 157.​


 Next Medical Assisting Class

August--Fall 2016​
 Next Health Career Core HCP0001
Spring 2016​
 

Medical Assisting Graduate Outcomes 

 Five-year average
Program Retention86.21%
Certification Pass Rate (of graduates who take the exam)73.68%
Job Placement (employed in the field or continued their education)72.00%

Classroom Experience

Our combination classroom and laboratory is a modern-state-of-the art facility that provides you with the opportunity to reinforce the skills taught in the program.  Hands-on-training is combined with lecture courses to accommodate different learning styles.
 
Classes are kept small, with 15 to 20 students, so you can train as a medical assistant without having to compete for the attention of faculty.
 
The full-time daytime program involves two to three days of lab attendance and two to three days of lecture classes. On the third semester of the program, you will be sent out to area health care facilities for additional real world training as a medical assistant.
 
For more information on the Medical Assisting Vocational Certificate, including admissions requirements, program requirements, and course information, view the Medical Assisting Program Sheet.

Career Path

Medical assisting continues to be among the top careers of growth and demand in our area. The need for qualified medical assistants, especially the highly desirable Certified Medical Assistant, will only increase as changes take place in health care legislation and the health care industry in general.

See career paths for medical assistants.
 
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at BC have found employment opportunities in a variety of health care facilities and offices, such as:  
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Military care facilities
  • Cardiologists' offices
  • Pedicatricians' offices
  • Primary care physicians’ offices

Medical Assisting Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Is This Program Right for Me?

You should have a basic understanding of a health service-related career.  The prerequisite courses required to enter the program are designed to provide an overview of the health sciences.  In addition, individuals who are “people oriented” and enjoy helping and serving those in need are a perfect fit for this program.
 
Characteristics of successful medical assistants include:
  • Basic computer literacy 
  • Being able to multitask daily
  • Keeping accurate health records
  • Explaining doctor’s orders accurately
  • Basic reading, writing and math skills 
  • Having a friendly disposition when speaking to the public

Accreditation

The Broward College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Faculty

Faculty members are former graduates of the program and have real-life work experience since they have worked in the field as Certified Medical Assistants.  The current Program Manager  graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Kaplan University.

Courses

Courses include a mix of on-campus lecture, laboratory training, and clinical rotation. The program is 10 months in length and includes 1,300 clock hours. Classes meet daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
The last term of instruction includes a Practicum in which students are placed in a variety of ambulatory health care facilities throughout Broward County.  The Practicum requires students to be at the assigned facility from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.   
 
 
Upon completing all courses, you will be prepared to take the certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), and you can then add the title Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) to your credentials as CMA-AAMA.
 
You will also be eligible to obtain a limited x-ray license in Florida through the Department of Health’s Bureau of Radiation Control

For Alumni

Former graduates are encouraged to join the Program’s Advisory Board as well as the local chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and Broward College’s Alumni & Friends Association. For more information on joining the Advisory Board, contact the program manager.

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