Maysville Community and Technical College Medical Assisting Program Offers Multiple Paths to Medical Field

Diana Reeder, CMA (AAMA), Associate Professor

Are you interested in a degree that can transform you into a multi skilled professional in the medical field? Would you be even more interested if you knew that this degree can open up an array of in-demand career options? If so, then our Medical Assisting program might be the best choice for you.

Im Diana Reeder, coordinator of the Medical Assisting program at MCTC and instructor on the Rowan Campus. Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as well as the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Once an individual has been accepted into this program, it only requires three semesters for completion. Graduates have many different options from which to choose their working career.

Marlana Skaggs, an MCTC graduate from Olive Hill, was working as a caretaker when she discovered the Medical Assisting Program. I did not know much about medical assisting before I started at MCTC, says Marlana. But, I knew I wanted to go into the medical field. I am leaning more toward the clinical direction right now because I enjoy working and talking with the patients. The Medical Assisting program was a good experience and it opened lots of doors to different areas in the medical field.

Our program provides the skills needed within a combination of three areas. The clinical, or patient care, area focuses on general patient exam preparation, diagnostic testing, and assisting with minor surgeries and procedures. The administrative area trains students to work in reception, medical records, and scheduling as well as medical coding and insurance procedures. The third area provides students with the knowledge needed to work in phlebotomy and laboratory testing procedures. Students will then have the opportunity to reinforce these skills through hands-on clinical experiences at healthcare facilities. Students enrolled in our program will receive training in each of these areas.

MCTC graduate, Susan Wallace, was employed at a factory near her home in Bath County when it closed and relocated overseas. I enjoy working with elderly patients, says Susan. They are so warm and loving. I have enjoyed going to the offices and working during clinicals. As a student I worked with patients checking vitals, giving injections, and so on.

Our students have found a range of jobs from working in physicians offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes in the administration area, to physical therapy and dental practices. If a graduate makes the decision later on to change job directions and work in another area of healthcare, then they will often still be within the scope of their professional training.

Medical Assisting is considered to be one of the fastest growing careers according to national statistics as well as Kentucky projections. The income potential for a professional in this field depends on the type of healthcare facility as well as the geographical area in which he or she works. The majority of our graduates who pass the certification exam find jobs within the surrounding counties.

Morgan County native and MCTC graduate, Melissa Bush, had to leave her job as an engineer for CSX railroad after an injury. I was working with a vocational rehabilitation assistant and she pointed out different colleges that

offered what I was interested in, says Melissa. Thats when I discovered MCTC. Coming from my field, it was a total turn around. I know this was the right choice for me and this is a career I will be able to retire from.

If you are interested in the Medical Assisting program, call me on the Rowan Campus at 606-783-1538 extension 66363. You can also email me.