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Medical assisting continues to be among the top careers of growth and demand in our area. The need for qualified medical assistants, especially the highly desirable Certified Medical Assistant, will only increase as changes take place in health care legislation and the health care industry in general.

See career paths for medical assistants.
 
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at BC have found employment opportunities in a variety of health care facilities and offices, such as:  
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Military care facilities
  • Cardiologists' offices
  • Pedicatricians' offices
  • Primary care physicians’ offices

 

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You should have a basic understanding of a health service-related career.  The prerequisite courses required to enter the program are designed to provide an overview of the health sciences.  In addition, individuals who are “people oriented” and enjoy helping and serving those in need are a perfect fit for this program.
 
 
Characteristics of successful medical assistants include:
  • Basic computer literacy 
  • Being able to multitask daily
  • Keeping accurate health records
  • Explaining doctor’s orders accurately
  • Basic reading, writing and math skills 
  • Having a friendly disposition when speaking to the public
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The Broward College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org
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Faculty members are former graduates of the program and have real-life work experience since they have worked in the field as Certified Medical Assistants.  The current Program Manager  graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Kaplan University.
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Courses include a mix of on-campus lecture, laboratory training, and clinical rotation. The program is 10 months in length and includes 1,300 clock hours. Classes meet daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
The last term of instruction includes a Practicum in which students are placed in a variety of ambulatory health care facilities throughout Broward County.  The Practicum requires students to be at the assigned facility from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.   
 
 
Upon completing all courses, you will be prepared to take the certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), and you can then add the title Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) to your credentials as CMA-AAMA.
 
You will also be eligible to obtain a limited x-ray license in Florida through the Department of Health’s Bureau of Radiation Control
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Former graduates are encouraged to join the Program’s Advisory Board as well as the local chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and Broward College’s Alumni & Friends Association. For more information on joining the Advisory Board, contact the program manager.
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