Medical Assisting – Program HighlightPosted on November 30, 2018December 6, 2018 by Ali Rachel What kind of Skills do your students learn in this program? Medical assisting students will gain hands on experience in assessing vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, pulse oximetry), ear and eye assessments, sterilization and disinfection, medication administration (oral and injection), cardiopulmonary procedures (ECG), respiratory procedures (pulmonary function test, spirometry, etc.), urinalysis, phlebotomy, and hematology. The student will also gain knowledge and skills related to the physical, pediatric, and gynecological exam, as well as assisting the physician with minor office surgery. What certifications can your students earn and why are they important? The medical certifications that a student can earn upon graduation are Medical Assisting, ECG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician. As the healthcare industry grows, so does its need for qualified healthcare professionals. As an allied health professional you are responsible for various clinical and/or administration duties within the medical office. By obtaining a certification in your chosen field of study you will be more employable. Employers will know that you are dedicated to professional excellence, you will be able to take part in continuous education opportunities, and by obtaining certification, you are reassuring your employer that your knowledge can be substantiated through your certifying institution. What are some characteristics that successful students possess in this field? Successful students are motivated, independent, dependable, organized, persistent, goal oriented, punctual, and most important, willing to learn. Why is the externship important to the students’ education experience and how should students prepare for their externship? The externship in our Medical Assisting program is a vital component to a student’s educational experience because it provides the student with hands-on experience in a medical office. Through this experience, the student will be able to perform and build upon the clinical skills that they acquire in their clinical courses. This involvement will contribute to the student’s strength and confidence in performing any particular skill. Students should prepare for their externship throughout their entire curriculum. At PIHT we pride ourselves in educating and equipping our students with superior professionalism through skills that cannot be seen on a resume. We believe that punctuality, quality of work, effort, critical thinking, time management, communication, participation, and teamwork are just as important as skill knowledge in obtaining an externship and keeping it. What kind of career can graduates expect when they finish the program? Graduates can expect different career paths upon completion of their program. Our graduates have found careers in numerous disciplines. What kind of changes (for example technological) do you see happening in this field over the next 5-10 years? I see medical certifications becoming a requirement by law. Why would you recommend that students consider going into this type of field? The healthcare industry is going to continue to grow and so will its demand for allied health professionals. There is career security in the medical field, as well as a continuous opportunity to learn and grow.