Jan. 5, 2015

For more information, contact
Anson Smith, 203-332-5229 or
Letizia Morales, 203-332-8515

HCC Offering Medical Assisting Program

One of the Nation’s Fast-growing Careers

Register Now, Classes Start Jan. 23

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College now offers an associate degree in the fast-growing field of medical assisting.

An essential member of the medical team, medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and at other health care facilities. Their duties, which vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice, include such things as assisting with patient examinations, scheduling patient appointments and preparing blood for laboratory tests.

“Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest-growing fields today,” noted program coordinator Letizia Morales.
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 560,000 medical assisting jobs in the country in 2012, and that number is expected to increase by 162,900 (29 percent) through 2021. The average growth rate of all occupations is 11 percent.

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.

The median wage for medical assistants nationally is $29,370 per year, or $14.12 per hour.

HCC’s program includes courses in medical terminology, administrative medical assisting, healthcare insurance, medical coding and billing, law and ethics for healthcare professionals, clinical medical assisting, clinical laboratory procedures, principles of pharmacology, principles of pharmacology lab, electronic medical records management, and a medical assisting externship.

For more information, contact Morales at 203-332-8515 or lmorales@housatonic.edu. Classes start Jan. 23.