Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering two medical assistant programs beginning in mid-September - at the main campus and at the North campus, Wellsboro.
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 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.
The Penn College medical assistant program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction to prepare participants to perform general administrative, receptionist and basic clinical procedures (such as phlebotomy) in doctor's offices, clinics, medical facilities and human-service agencies. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings, keeping offices and clinics running smoothly.
Participants in this daytime noncredit course complete 800 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours in a medical office setting. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician and Certified Billing and Coding Specialist certification exams offered through the National Healthcareer Association.
Applications will be accepted until the classes are full. Applicants for the program must have a high school diploma or GED, a recent criminal-background check clear of prohibited offenses and a medical examination including specific immunizations.
Financial assistance may be available to individuals who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For more information, visit www.pct.edu/wdce or call 327-4775 for the main campus program, or call 724-7703 for the North campus program.
For information on credit offerings at Penn College, visit www.pct.edu/schools.