MEDICAL ASSISTANT


The Medical Assisting Program is designed to prepare students to be able to successfully serve in both front and back office functions within the health care system in the local community. Students successfully completing this program will be able to perform the front office administrative tasks of a medical receptionist, including such functions as: registering new patients, using proper telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, preparing and updating medical records and reports, and billing and coding. Students successfully completing this program will also be able to perform many back office functions such as: taking and recording vital signs, using proper sterile techniques, performing phlebtomy, working as ECG/EKG technicians, handling specimens, performing urinalysis, conducting proper medication dosage calculations and administration.

Students will also be learning Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, and will be earning their Heartcode BLS Certificate and Mental Health First Aid Certificates. Essentially all the skills needed to assist in the modern Medical Office will be addressed. In general, the first semester is all about the front office functions (with possible crossover). Students will have the opportunity to be chosen to participate in a 4 to 6 week long Summer Clinical/Internship, this will be decided during the second semester of study.

Heartcode BLS Certificate: $30

Mandatory Other Costs:

  • Uniform Scrubs (Burgundy) $50
  • Wristwatch with Second Hand (Water Resistant) $20

Optional Other Costs:

  • Stethoscope
  • Blood Pressure Cuff

Summer Internship Expenses:

  • Summer Clinical Charges
  • Summer National CCMA Certification Test Charge
  • Summer Online Preparations for National CCMA Certification Test Charge
  • Summer Program Charges
  • Criminal Background Check & Drug Screening
  • TB Skin Test
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

Program Requirements

  • 9th Grade Reading, Writing and Math levels
  • Application Interview
  • Summer Clinical/Internship - Must be at least 18 years old
  • Personal Skills: Active Listening, Service-Oriented, Time Management, Basic Computer Skills, Excellent Communication and People Skills

Medical Assistant in the healthcare industry work indoors, in a medical office, clinic, or hospital setting. Working in the front office involves sitting most of the time, and working extensively with computers and office equipment. Working in the back office involves extensive walking and standing; as well as, physical labor such as lifting heavy objects, and moving carts and equipment. It also involves assisting the provider with patients in a hands-on way and may involve working with bodily fluids of all types. A medical assistant becomes part of the medial team providing the most up- to-date and best medical care possible.

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Instructor Annette Rowe

Annette Rowe is a Medical Assisting Instructor who works with students on learning the hands-on, technical, and soft skills of Medical Assisting, with the goal of earning their MA Certificate, and a chance of taking the National Exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant.


This is Annette’s first year teaching at Pickens Technical College. Before moving to Colorado, Annette previously taught for 9 years in Florida. She came to Pickens with a variety of background experiences that are invaluable in the classroom.

Annette is a National Board Certified Teacher, and has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern College.

Annette believes that Pickens Technical College has valid, real-world, hands-on learning and industry relevancy that allows all students to succeed in their chosen programs of study.

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