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Medical Assisting

Medical assisting

Along with earning your associate degree of applied science in medical assisting, you’ll be prepared to take the national certification to become a certified EKG technician.

Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. The medical assistant frequently functions as the physician’s right hand, assisting with the instruction and treatment of patients and performing the administrative procedures needed to keep an office running smoothly. The medical assistant is skilled in human relations techniques and is required to deal effectively with patients and other allied health personnel in the health care delivery system.

The goal of the Stark State College medical assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties.

Administrative duties include

  • using computer applications including electronic medical record programs
  • answering telephones and greeting patients
  • updating and filing patient medical records
  • coding and filling out insurance forms
  • scheduling appointments
  • arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping

Clinical duties include

  • taking medical histories
  • explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • preparing patients for examination
  • assisting the physician during exams
  • collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • performing basic laboratory tests
  • instructing patients about medication and special diets
  • preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • authorizing prescription refills as directed
  • drawing blood
  • taking electrocardiograms
  • removing sutures and changing dressings

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a phlebotomy technician certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in medical assisting:


Associate degree

  • Associate of applied science degree in medical assisting

Medical assistant employment is projected to grow 29 percent through 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most of assistants work in physicians’ offices and other healthcare facilities. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. US BLS, 2017

Program learning outcomes

  • Display a professional manner and image.
  • Recognize and respond effectively to verbal, non-verbal, and written communication.
  • Utilize electronic technology to receive, organize, prioritize, and transmit information.
  • Perform basic clinical medical assisting duties.


The Stark State medical assisting program is accredited for 10 years (2012-2022) by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Stark State College’s medical assisting program is located at 6200 Frank Avenue NW North Canton OH 44720. 330-966-5458.

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the dean of student services and the applicable licensure/certification board.

IMPORTANT: Felons are not eligible to sit for the examination unless the Certifying Board (CB) grants a waiver based on one or more of the mitigating circumstances listed in the disciplinary standards.


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