Welcome to Lakeland Community College's department of medical assisting. The mission of the medical assisting program is to educate and prepare competent, responsible and caring medical assistants as members of the healthcare team. In addition, the program fosters professionalism, ethics, personal growth and development, and lifelong learning.
Medical assistants are multiskilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being. It requires the mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills. These require formal education and practical experiences that serve as standards for entry into the profession.
Administrative medical office assistants work in a variety of healthcare facilities and provide support to ensure patients receive prompt and efficient care. They schedule appointments, register patients, input medical record information, perform bookkeeping functions and work with the insurance companies. Lakeland's certificate program enables students to take a national certification test from the National Health Career Association.
"I began my journey pursuing a degree in early childhood education. However, about two years ago I got a feeling that I should be doing something else. So I started taking a couple of health care classes, like medical terminology, and I LOVED it and my grades reflected it. I applied to the medical assisting program and I just found my place. My professor, Denise Lash, was so supportive and my classmates were awesome! I will be finishing in August (2020) and hope to work for Cleveland Clinic so if I want to go further in health care, I have my foot in the door in a good hospital."