Medical Assistant

Program Description

Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of practice. Examples of Skills provided include vital signs, medication administration, EKG and specimen collection.

Course Length:9.5 months

Upon completion of the course, student will have the opportunity to test for the following licenses:

  • Medical Assistant (certification) - National Center for Competency Testing
  • Phelbotomy Technician (Certifiaction) _ National Center for Competency Testing
  • Electrocardiogram Technician(Certifiaction) – Nathinal Center for Competency testing

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Why Medical Assistant?

The Medical Assistant program provides prospective students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue an entry-level position in the health care field.

The program concentrates on helping students obtain knowledge and develop skills in performing routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep hospitals and doctors offices running efficiently and smoothly.

Example of skills:

  • Assist with routine physical check-ups
  • Obtain temperature and blood pressure of a patient on a regular basis.
  • Document patient’s medical information on the medical record or inputting information into the electronic record
  • Collect any specimen samples from the patient before the exam begins to expedite the examination process.
  • Sterilize medical instruments
  • Prepare and administer medications
  • Draw blood

Medical Office Management:

  • Answer telephones
  • Greet patients
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Collection of patient history
  • Maintain Office Records
  • Bookkeeping
  • Basic Banking
  • Insurance

Medical Terminology

Medical terminology is the language of healthcare setting. Healthcare physicians use medical terminology to describe body parts, diseases, procedures and equipment.

All medical professionals must have an understanding of this language in order to communicate effectively with physicians and patients and to carry out instructions correctly.


  • Equipment and tubes
  • Patient preparation and site selection
  • Venipuncture and capillary puncture
  • Safety and infection control


  • Basic respiratory testing, treatment
  • ECG (12 lead) testing monitoring, troubleshooting
  • Specimen Collection (e.g. urine, throat, stool, wound etc...)


  • Basic drug calculation and metric conversions
  • Pharmacology terms and abbreviations
  • Legal prescription requirements for all drug schedule and classes
  • Safe preparation and administration of medications (e.g. oral, topical, subcutaneous, Intramuscular)

Infection & Exposure Control

  • OSHA Safety regulations
  • Exposure Control
  • Sanitation, sterilization and disinfection
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Employment Possibilities

  • Pediatrics
  • Family Practice
  • Specialty Clinics (cardiology, urology, pulmonary etc...)
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Wound Care Facilities
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Hospitals

Course Outline

Course # Course Title
MA 100 Introduction To Medical Assisting & Administration Procedures
MA 101 Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology
MA 102 Phlebotomy
MA 103 Medical Ethics & Law
MA 104 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications and Psychology of Human Behavior
MA 105 Medical Assistant Lab Procedures
MA 106 Medical Office Procedures In Clinical Setting
MA 107 Medical Insurance & Keyboarding
MA 108 Advanced Medical Office Procedures
MA 109 Electrocardiogram
MA 110 Exam Review
MA 111 Clinicals
Total Clock Hours: 948

Program Accreditation Information

Approved by Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (TWC).
Accredited by the Accreditation Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

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Valley Grande Institute's programs are approved by Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (TWC); Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy License #MS1004; Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiology; Texas Board of Nursing; Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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