What is a Medical Assistant?
A Medical Assistant is an integral member of the healthcare team in both administrative and clinical functions.
What are the responsibilities of a Medical Assistant?
- Explain treatments and procedures to patients
- Administer electrocardiograms (ECGs)
- Remove sutures and change surgical dressings
- Assist with specialty examinations including cardiac, respiratory, OB-GYN, neurological, and gastroenterology procedures
- Obtain vitals signs and patient history
- Collect, label, and process specimens
- Record patient information in electronic records
- Perform hematology, immunology, chemistry, and microbiology testing
Graduate Employment Options
Clinical Medical Assistants
Entry-level Lab Technicians
West Haven & East Hartford
8:15 am to 2:40 pm
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am to 3:05 pm
Monday through Thursday
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
The vast majority of medical assistants work in private practices due to their versatility. This versatility stems from the diverse training they receive which utilizes a mixture of traditional lecture, laboratory and clinical classes. Students are first introduced, through theory classes, to the functioning of the body as a whole. This provides a foundation for clinical skills they will be learning which include the collection and testing of throat, urine and stool cultures, obtaining vitals, recording patient medical histories, blood typing, instrument sterilization and a wide range of other skills that are regularly needed in a private practice setting. Students also learn an array of administrative functions that are needed in the day-to-day operation of a private practice as a business unit. In order to provide a deeper understanding of the elements involved in running a medical office, students are introduced to HIPAA and other concepts including professional liability, medical ethics and various medical practice acts. The administrative tasks students will gain a mastery in include the essentials of medical insurance billing and coding, maintenance of electronic medical records, patient scheduling, telephone techniques and the utilization of Medical Manager software to enter data and generate reports.
In our Medical Assisting program students are trained on campus over the course of 10 months before they spend two months at an externship site. This 240-hour graded externship provides students the opportunity to take the hands on skills they acquire within their program and demonstrate them at an active medical practice. This will allow them to come out of the medical assisting program with on-the-job experience. The skills gained in this program go above and beyond what is required of a medical assistant. Graduates from this program have found jobs in positions outside of medical assisting as entry level laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, office managers, medical secretaries, emergency room triage assistants, ophthalmology assistants and many other vocations. Medical Assistants are pervasive in private practices, health centers and clinics due to their training in a diverse range of clinical and administrative tasks. Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for exams to become a Registered Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomist, or a Certified Medical Assistant.
Why become a Medical Assistant at Stone Academy?
Flexible Schedules – Day or evening classes available
No Out of Pocket Expense for Credential Exams – Includes the Certified Medical Assistant or Registered Medical Assistant exams.
Real World Experience – All students practice their skills in active medical practices
Job Placement Assistance – Placement Managers provide students with job opportunities and assist in developing résumés
Financial Aid Available*
Programmatic Accreditation – Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
*For Those Who Qualify
Places that employ Medical Assistants
Urgent Care Clinics