Haywood Community College’s medical assisting program will hold an open house Thursday, December 12, 4:30-7 p.m. in building 800, room 807 on the College campus. This is a great opportunity to meet with instructors and current students to learn more about the program and a career in this health care field.

Perhaps the most versatile of all allied health professionals, medical assistants are cross-trained to perform clinical, laboratory and administrative duties. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the medical assisting field is expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade.

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. According to Medicalassistantadvice.com, Haywood Community College's Medical Assisting program was 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.

For more information on the College’s medical assisting program or open house, please call 828-627-4651 or visit haywood.edu.