Harris School of Business
Harris School of Business
Harris School of Business
Harris School of Business

Professional Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform a wide variety of clinical, administrative, and human relations functions, which keep physicians' offices, clinics, and other medical practices running smoothly.

This program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, patient care procedures, pharmacology, medical office procedures, communication skills, as well as computer skills...

Clinical duties performed by medical assistants can include:

  • Taking medical histories and recording vital signs
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during the examination
  • Sterilizing medical instruments
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Instructing patients about medications and special diets
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Authorizing drug refills as directed
  • Phlebotomy
  • Administering EKG's
  • Removing sutures
  • Changing dressings
The medical assisting program includes an externship, enabling the student to gain real-world experience before graduation.


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