Medical Assistant Class to Begin in September

Published 06.30.2010

Workforce Development

The next medical assistant class offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is scheduled to begin in September.

The medical assistant program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction to prepare participants to perform general administrative, receptionist and basic clinical procedures in doctor's offices, clinics, medical facilities and human-service agencies. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings, keeping offices and clinics running smoothly.

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as the health-services industry expands. Due to technological advances in medicine and a growing and aging population, medical assistant is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. Medical assistants are trained for a variety of entry-level medical-office positions such as transcriptionist, billing and insurance clerk, office technician, information or personnel clerk, and phlebotomist.

Participants in this daytime course complete 800 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours in a medical-office setting. The class begins in September and finishes in June 2011. Graduates are eligible to take the registered medical assistant (RMA) certification exam offered by American Medical Technologists.

Financial assistance may be available to individuals who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid .

For more information on the course, or to attend a free information session, contact WDCE at 570-327-4775 or visit on the Web .