BE PART OF A MEDICAL TEAM
Since 1987, the Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology (PIHT) has been helping prepare students in Mount Braddock, Connellsville, and even Morgantown, West Virginia, for a myriad of healthcare careers through our various programs, including our medical assistant training.
Our experience working with and preparing students throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to earn their Medical Assisting degrees gives us the unique advantage of knowing and understanding what potential employers are looking for.
Working in the healthcare field can prove to be a worthwhile career for those in southwestern Pennsylvania. It allows you to help people which can make for a very rewarding career.
For many, the urge to become a certified medical assistant stems from a desire to help others. If this describes you, then our southwestern Pennsylvania medical assistant training program can help you take the first step toward your dream career.
“I met some of the most supportive and wonderful staff and instructors when I attended PIHT. They believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.” – Carol Hunter, PIHT Graduate
About Our Mount Braddock Medical Assisting Program
In our medical assisting degree program, you will gain a variety of skills that will allow you to better treat and care for your future patients.
With our hands-on training, you will learn how to:
- Take a patient’s vital signs (including blood pressure, temperature, and pulse)
- Assist a doctor or nurse with physical exams
- Check a patient’s vision
- Collect medical specimens
- Check a patient’s blood-sugar level
- Perform certain lab tests
- Draw a patient’s blood
- Sterilize medical equipment to kill germs
- Assist with simple surgeries
- Give injections (shots)
- Conduct certain heart tests
Unlike other Medical Assisting programs throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, our medical assistant training in Mount Braddock doesn’t require you to take classes that don’t apply to your future career. This means that you won’t have to pay for classes that you don’t need, saving you time and money so you can graduate sooner.
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 you will learn 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.
Applying Your Degree
By earning your Medical Assisting Specialized Associate Degree, you could work in a variety of offices and clinics throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. 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
There are many avenues you could pursue, but the first step is earning your Medical Assisting Specialized Associate Degree, and PIHT can help you do just that.
Preparing You to Become a National Certified Medical Assistant in Southwestern Pennsylvania
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 southwest 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 certain 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**
Our program is designed to help you prepare to sit for these certification exams so you can become a National Certified Medical Assistant within southwestern Pennsylvania, something you won’t find with many other Medical Assisting programs.
*Required/Included in Tuition/Fees
**Optional at own expense
“I highly recommend PIHT. The classes are small. The staff is amazing and are always there for you. I love my school so much.” – Cassie Sexton, PIHT Student