Employment opportunities in the medical field exist in hospitals, insurance companies, outpatient medical offices, and clinics. Clinical duties of executive medical assistants may include taking patient histories, exam preparation, drawing blood, diagnostic testing, and patient care. Added administrative responsibilities include scheduling appointments, managing medical records, billing insurance, doing medical coding, and scheduling and supervising employees.
Those who enjoy helping others and are responsive to others’ needs find the medical environment rewarding. Critical thinking, monitoring, and assessment are valued skills in this profession. Skill training at the College includes:
- Medical law and ethics
- Medical terminology
- Medical office procedures
- Clinical procedures
- Techniques for patient care
- Administering injections and medications
- Introduction to pharmacology
- Medical lab procedures and clinical procedures labs
- Beginning Diagnostic and procedural coding
- Schedule management and employee supervision
- Basics of accounting (QuickBooks)
Internship and service-learning classes give you professional experience prior to graduation. LDS Business College graduates in this field enjoy a pass rate above 80 percent as first-time test takers in national medical assisting exams.
There are employment opportunities in hospitals, insurance companies, outpatient medical offices, and HMOs for well-trained executive medical assistants. Medical assistants in Utah earn $12.50 to $14.00 as inexperienced workers. In the U.S., median salaries can be $13.60 per hour. Students may advance to supervisory positions where wages are higher than those listed here.
Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able to:
- Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ
- Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner
- Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles
- Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools
- Comprehend and think critically to solve problems
- Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and life-long learning opportunities
- Perform within ethical and legal scope as a medical assistant
- Document professionally and appropriately in the medical record for clinical procedures and patient care performed
- Perform or assist with office procedures per quality control standards and clinical policies
- Provide accurate patient specimen collection and analysis in compliance to standards
- Perform patients’ assessment and vital sign measures with correct clinical documentation
- Manage patient billing, bookkeeping, and clerical functions using accounting principles (AAS only)
- Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes and interviews
- Required courses and graduation requirements.
- Accreditation Information.
- Experiential Learning Information - Note: Challenge exams are typically used for introductory Math and English courses, and are not administered for Health Professions courses.
- Over the past 5 years, 76% of graduates have been placed in the medical assisting field, continued their education, or entered the military.