Albert Einstein is known to say, “The only source of knowledge is experience” and there is much experience to gain while preparing for a future career. Students of the medical assistant program develop the skills to take medical histories, record vital signs, prepare patients for examination, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform basic laboratory tests, draw blood and instruct patients about medications or special diets. Medical office specialist students perform administrative tasks such as billing and insurance, greeting patients on the phone and in person, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and updating patient records. At Moraine Park Technical College, students prepare for their upcoming careers outside of the traditional classroom.
Want to change careers? Need direction in life? So did Gena Winter.
“I hit a point in my life where I wanted a career change. I was focused on finding a job that would best suit my family time and yet something that I would really enjoy doing on a daily basis. I didn’t know where to turn so I made an appointment with an MPTC counselor. After reviewing my interest, she pointed me to the Medical Assistant program where I fell in love with it. With my kids being active in school and sports, I was able to take most of my classes at night or online at MPTC. The training and education itself was a short period of time.”
Due to the successful pilot of the Medical Assistant “cohort” model, the program will be offered again at the West Bend campus. Classes will begin for the program in June 2018 to allow the students a jump start on their education and to be able to complete the program in May of 2019.
What makes this program different?
- Smaller class size
- Program is completed in one year
- Mandatory, built in lab time to assist with homework and skills
- Schedule designed to have your courses offered in the best order for success
- Schedule stays the same for entire year – allows for work/life balance and planning
- One main instructor for consistency and strong relationships
- Cohort model allows support and comfort level with your classmates – you are in classes with the same students for the entire year
- Fabulous success data – all students in graduated, passed their certification exam, and are working in their field!
What does a medical assistant do?
Do you hate math? Does math scare you? Have you ever wanted to try something but found out math was involved and decided you’d try something else? Are you afraid to try a college program because you think your math skills aren’t good enough to get you through?
On September 28, 2017 twelve students successfully completed Moraine Park Technical College’s Medical Assistant second one year long training cohort at the West Bend Campus.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) ACT 4 Healthcare Grant program, the Medical Assistant program at the West Bend Campus is condensing the 35 credit technical diploma program into a one-year cohort model including a set M,W, F schedule with a Friday lab time and intrusive advising for targeted student support.
Needlestick injuries are no laughing matter. That is why the Medical Assistant students funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) ACT 4 Healthcare Grant, have definitely made a plan to stay safe and are sticking to it!
Twelve Medical Assistant students at the West Bend Campus are in their final countdown towards graduation in September, 2017! Students are practicing in labs and clinical training, learning about the soft skills employers are looking for, and getting ready to start their practicum assignments at healthcare employers throughout the MPTC district in July.
Christina Kreuser completed the requirements for the Medical Assisting Program in January 2017. She started her job as a medical assistant in February 2017. Christina recently shared the following information about her experience.
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