Hawkeye Community College Launches New Medical Assistant Evening Program

posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College is launching a new Medical Assistant evening program beginning this fall, with all classes offered after 5:00pm Monday through Thursday.

The Medical Assistant program will prepare students for an entry-level career helping patients navigate the healthcare system and assisting healthcare providers in appointments. They will learn administrative clinic duties, including office management and procedures, scheduling and billing practices, procedural and diagnostic coding, and third-party reimbursement.

Students will also gain the skills necessary to care for patients and assist healthcare providers, including taking vital signs, collecting and preparing lab and diagnostic tests, administering medication, collecting and recording data, and educating patients.

The program will include hands-on learning opportunities in Hawkeye’s state-of-the-art Van Gerpen Patient Simulator Lab, as well as more than 190 hours of real-world practicum work experience.

“Medical assisting is a vibrant career, which is in high demand,” said Dr. Gene Leutzinger, dean of Hawkeye’s School of Interprofessional Health and Safety Services. “There are numerous openings across the Cedar Valley and nationwide. The career is expecting a 24 percent increase in demand within the next decade.” Graduates may find employment in doctor’s offices, clinics, specialty clinics, or hospitals under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional.

Classes begin on August 20, 2018. For more information, call 319-296-4000 or visit www.hawkeyecollege.edu/medical-assistant.


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