Photo by Alex Ribeiro. According to Medicalassistantadvice.com, Haywood Community College's Medical Assistant program has been ranked number 10 in North Carolina for the year 2019. Pictured are students applying what they have learned in the classroom.

According to Medicalassistantadvice.com, Haywood Community College's Medical Assisting program has been ranked number 10 in North Carolina for the year 2019.  The ranking was based on the following criteria:  total number of students enrolled in the program, graduation rate, Niche.com ratings and reviews full-time retention rate, admissions rate, average net price and student to faculty ratio.

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HCC’s medical assisting program prepares graduates to be a key component in keeping busy medical offices and clinics running smoothly. Perhaps the most versatile of all allied health professionals, medical assistants have a great amount of variety in their job duties and are cross-trained to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory duties.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

HCC’s medical assisting program incorporates coursework covering scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations and treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care. Graduates may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants, the top performed responsibilities of medical assistants include:  maintaining confidentiality, communication to each individual person’s understanding, demonstration of respect for individual diversity, maintaining professionalism, complying with safety procedures, optimization of workflow efficiency through interactions with co-workers and patients, maintaining medical records, keeping within legal and ethical boundaries while providing care, maintaining documentation of patients, observations and clinical treatments and electronic transmission of information.

HCC’s medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. Registration for fall semester is underway now. For more information on the College’s medical assisting program or registration, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu.