Klamath Community College Now Offering 20-week Certified Medical Assistant Course

3/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
KLAMATH FALLS – Klamath Community College is offering its first-ever course dedicated to preparing students for exciting careers assisting physicians, providing patient care and ensuring clinics and hospitals operate efficiently.
Starting April 18, students can embark on a 20-week course that will prepare them to become certified medical assistants.

Thirteen weeks of the course will focus on lab exercises in which students gain hands-on experience working a clinical setting.

Students will also be required to complete a 90-hour externship in a clinical setting. KCC will help place students in externships.

At the end of the 20 weeks, students will have an opportunity to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam.

“This is an excellent job to pursue at this time,” said KCC Workforce Development Director Chip Massie.
“There is currently a shortage of certified medical assistants in the area and the need keeps growing. Medical assistant can be a good first step to a career in healthcare, and with an aging population healthcare will be an expanding career path.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook in the medical assistant field is anticipated to increase 23 percent between 2014 and 2024.

“The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients,” the BLS website said.

The program cost is $1,795. The cost includes a National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certified clinical medical assistant exam.

Class size is limited to 16 students, and admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Program scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information, contact KCC at 541-882-3521.
Klamath Community College is an AA/EEO/VET/ADA Institution