33 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Combination of On Site and Online instruction
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Are you looking for a degree in healthcare that gives you flexible career options? As a program graduate, you will be trained to perform clinical procedures and lab tests, and develop the office skills you’ll need for employment in a physician's office or clinic. The curriculum includes a six-week clinical office practicum.
Financial assistance may be available to assist with your healthcare training as part of the Collaboration of Wisconsin Rural Investment in Community Healthcare grant. To determine if you're eligible, please connect with Dawn Knapp, grant project coordinator at the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board.
Learn more about this opportunity here.
Additional financial assistance may be available through the Support for Communities grant. Learn more about the Support for Communities opportunity here.
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.
The Medical Assistant program prepares individuals to assist physicians in their offices or other medical settings. Medical assistants, sometimes referred to as clinical assistants, perform a wide range of duties. The medical assistant is responsible for medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, assisting the physician with examinations and surgery, administering ECGs and administering medications. The business/administrative duties include patient reception, appointment making, record keeping, filing, bookkeeping, insurance handling, typing medical correspondence and transcription and computer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection, performance of basic laboratory tests and microscopic work.
The minimum goal for the Medical Assistant program, as identified by the CAAHEP/MAERB, is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Medical Assistant graduates will be able to:
- Perform medical office administrative functions
- Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights
- Perform medical laboratory procedures
- Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting
- Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting
Northwood Tech's AAMA pass rates from all four campuses of Medical Assistant graduates of 95% or higher.
Exceptional nationwide pass rates.
Medical Assistant is a two-semester program that is available at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses.
As a Medical Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you all have access to instructors who have many years of clinical and laboratory experience.
To accommodate your schedule, the Medical Assistant students only need to come to campus two days a week in the first semester and three days a week in the second semester. The rest of your classes can be completed from home!
As a Medical Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you will have the opportunity to earn a Patient Service Specialist technical diploma along with the Medical Assistant diploma.
Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties on the job. Responsibilities include patient care, lab tests and administrative record keeping.
This technical diploma is embedded in the Medical Assistant program.
Patient Services Specialist
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Students in the Medical Assistant program may not be eligible to receive full financial aid, due to Department of Education regulations on how credits are recognized. For more information contact your campus Financial Aid Advisor. Please note, this will not impact students who start fall 2023 or later due as the program will undergo minor curriculum changes.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*
33 Credits | 1 Year
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Medical Assistant Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Patient Services Specialist and Medical Assistant.
The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).