Moraine Park is helping to combat the skilled worker shortage in the health care field by offering a Medical Assistant training program at the West Bend Campus. The three-year “ACT for Health Care” TAACCCT 4 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor was awarded in October, 2014.
The MA program under the grant at West Bend Campus is a cohort model, accepting 14 students each year. Classes are all day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from October through September to complete the 35 credit technical diploma, including the practicum onsite with an employer partner.
The Medical Assistant program prepares students to assist the doctor in a variety of clinical tasks. Students 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.
As graduates, these clinical tasks are performed under the supervision of a physician and vary according to state law. Medical assistants may also perform administrative tasks such as billing and insurance, greeting patients on the phone or in person, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and updating patient charts. The medical assistant profession is one of the fastest growing occupations.
Sign up online at www.morainepark.edu/4health for a May 3 or 4 information and TABE testing session to apply for the 2016-17 cohort today!
Check out the 2015-16 cohort students practicing their skills!
– Pictured in top photo: Ray Swinson and Melissa Kreis with Gina Smith in the background