Benefits of obtaining an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program at PIHT will help you become a more well-rounded professional while working with patients in a fast-paced and challenging environment! If you want to be part of the excitement, consider obtaining your Specialized Associates Degree in Medical Assisting at Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology (PIHT) and start your new career in two years or less.

The 18 month Medical Assisting program offered through PIHT focuses on providing students with hands-on practical experience with less focus on theory and more on hands-on training of the day to day operations within the medical assisting world. Additionally, two-year programs allow students to obtain a degree at a fraction of the cost of four-year school while still receiving the education and training needed to get started in the medical professional world.

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Medical assisting professionals are vital within the medical world because their training encompasses a variety of skills to treat patients. Some of the hands-on training offered at PIHT includes:

  • Taking a patient’s vital signs (including blood pressure, temperature, and pulse)
  • Assisting a doctor or nurse with physical exams
  • Checking a patient’s vision
  • Collecting medical specimens
  • Checking a patient’s blood-sugar level
  • Performing certain lab tests
  • Drawing a patient’s blood
  • Sterilizing medical equipment to kill germs
  • Assisting with simple surgeries
  • Giving injections
  • Conducting certain heart tests

Our medical assistant training is also unique compared to other medical assistant programs near cities like Greensburg and Connellsville because we not only provide you with hands-on training in medical procedures and skills but also in medical office work.

Some of the office skills training include:

  • Working with insurance companies
  • Managing an office
  • Scheduling appointments for patients
  • Using computers to do office tasks
  • Understanding medical terms
  • Transcribing (write out) a doctor’s notes
  • Understanding patient privacy issues

Adding these skills to your medical assistant training will help you become a more well-rounded professional and could assist you in being more marketable to potential employers. With our medical assistant training program, you could:

  • Manage a doctor’s office
  • Assist with dialysis for patients with kidney problems
  • Work in phlebotomy
  • Work in a chiropractor’s office
  • Work in a pharmacy
  • Work in a hospital, scheduling patients and overseeing patient records

As part of our medical assistant program’s curriculum, you will complete an externship within your degree requirements. This on-the-job training allows you to apply the skills you’ve learned in your Medical Assisting program to the real world with real people. Additionally, this experience is invaluable and also allows you to showcase your skills to employers in Mount Braddock, Connellsville, Greensburg and throughout the southwestern Pennsylvania area who hire medical assistants.

Not only does our Medical Assisting degree program prepare you to be career ready, but it also prepares you for the National Center for Competency Testing certification exams which can strengthen your appeal in the job market. Some of the certifications our students are qualified to sit for include:

  • National Certified Medical Assistant
  • Certified EKG Technician
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician


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