Carl Sandburg offers a certificate in medical assisting which prepares students to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in a variety of health care settings. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, medical assistants are most commonly employed in medical offices and clinics. Their administrative responsibilities may include front office reception, billing, bookkeeping, basic correspondence, and scheduling of appointments. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, taking electrocardiograms, and assisting the physician during the examination and treatment of patients.
Medical assistants work closely with physicians, nurses, and other allied health and office personnel. Although most medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week, they may be assigned evening or weekends dependent upon their place of employment.
As one of the 10 fastest growing occupations, medical assistants are most commonly employed in medical offices and clinics. Jobs may also be found in hospitals, emergency care centers, health departments, and clinical laboratories.
Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission. Graduates may apply to take the certification examination offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).