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Medical Assistant Program in Aurora, CO

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 industry, in medical offices, clinics and agencies. 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 phlebotomy, 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 Certificate. Essentially all the skills needed to assist in the modern Medical Office will be addressed.

In general, the first semester is all about learning Anatomy and Physiology, as well as front office functions. During the second semester, students learn about back office skills, including Phlebotomy and ECG/EKG. Also during the second semester, students will have the opportunity to apply and be chosen to participate in a 160 hour Summer Clinical/Internship.

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Instructor Heather Willis

Heather Willis 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 sit for their National Exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant.

This is Heather’s third year teaching at Pickens Technical College. Before moving to Colorado, Heather worked in the Emergency Department for ten years at a Florida hospital. When Heather came to Colorado, she worked as a Medical Assistant for 4 years in Primary Care. Heather’s variety of background experiences and knowledge are invaluable to Pickens Tech.

Heather is currently studying at Pickens to become a nurse. She is continuing her education in order to bring more knowledge to her classroom.

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