According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation can offer job security, personal satisfaction, and new experiences – it’s a career to feel good about! The medical assistant diploma program prepares the student for employment in the health care field. You will learn how to safely and efficiently perform specific clinical and administrative tasks in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals and other health care related locations.
Detroit Business Institute-Downriver has been training medical assistants for over 20 years.
At DBI Downriver, medical assistant students will receive hands-on training in:
– vital signs
– electrocardiograms (EKG)
– first aid / CPR
– exam room procedures
– collecting and processing specimens
– minor surgery assisting
– medical histories
– medical office procedures
– medical insurance billing
– medical document processing
– scheduling appointments
– electronic health records (EHRs)
Medical assistant students will complete a practical externship prior to graduation. This externship is generally conducted at a physician’s office, health clinic, or other health-related facility. The externship portion of the medical assisting program is a vital part of the learning process which will give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom. The externship normally requires 4 – 6 weeks to complete.
Upon completion of the medical assisting program, students are eligible to sit for the certification examination to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Taking this exam is voluntary; however, it is recommended that all graduates of the medical assistant program take this exam.
Our strong comprehensive medical assisting curriculum has produced a 96% pass rate of the RMA certification exams taken over the past five years.
DAY AND EVENING CLASSES
The medical assistant program is offered in both day school and evening school. Day school students attend five days per week, and evening students attend four evenings per week, Monday through Thursday.