Medical assistants perform a variety of functions in medical offices.
The field of medical assisting is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants are responsible for a wide range of clerical and clinical tasks in medical settings like doctor’s offices or hospitals. If you’re interested in training to become a medical assistant in Connecticut, check out the programs at these three schools: Porter and Chester Institute, Lincoln Technical Institute and Capital Community College.
Porter and Chester Institute
Porter and Chester Institute is located in Branford, Enfield, Stratford and Watertown, Connecticut. Porter and Chester Institute’s medical assistant program provides students with the knowledge and experience needed to succeed as a medical assistant in various medical settings. Students learn a broad range of subjects from scheduling patients to taking vital signs. At the end of the program, students are required to take a 180-hour externship. Students can choose to take day or night classes. Day classes last nine months and are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Night classes last thirteen months and are Monday through Friday from 6 to 9:45 p.m. New classes start every six weeks. Financial aid is available to students.
Lincoln Technical Institute
Lincoln Technical Institute is located in Hamden, New Britain and Shelton, Connecticut. Lincoln Tech trains students in a simulated, on-site doctor’s office so that students can gain actual experience while assisting physicians and preforming office duties. Following clinical labs and lectures, which last about a year, students are required to participate in an externship. This technical institute will also help you get a job upon graduating. Lincoln Tech offers flexible class times and new classes start every few weeks. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
Capital Community College
Capital Community College is located in Hartford, Connecticut. Students who enroll in the medical assisting program are required to take 30 credits of classes that range from human biology to pharmacology, which prepare students to work as a medical assistant in only a year. Classes are comprised of lectures and clinical labs. Upon completing all of the credits, students must complete an externship. To be permitted to take the program, you must be CPR and first aid certified by the American Red Cross. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.