The Medical Assisting program at Southeastern Technical Careers Institute, Inc. is designed to prepare students for an entry level position in the field of Medical Assisting which includes clinical duties such as: history taking, obtaining vital signs, drawing blood, taking basic X-rays, Electrocardiography, assisting the medical provider with clinical procedures and other clinical functions as well as administrative functions such as front desk (appointments, checkouts and referrals), back desk (calling in results of test to patients, calling prescriptions and taking patient calls). Student will become knowledgeable in Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacology. The curriculum covers those subjects as well as medical practice, medical law and ethics, medical communications, medical records, insurance, patient preparation, basic laboratory procedures and tests. The core classes include a Didactic component, a Laboratory (hands on) component and a Clinical Externship component. This final component of the curriculum is designed to include supervised experience in the true clinical environment which requires multiple assignments, logs, evaluations and competencies completed by the student and their clinical supervisor. At the end of the program students that have attended and satisfactorily completed all assignments of class and externship should have the skills to seek an entry level position as Medical Assistants.
Southeastern Technical Careers Institute, Inc. does not have programmatic accreditation through CAAHEP, ABHES or any other accrediting body for the Medical Assisting program. Medical Assistants are not required by law to be licensed or certified, however over 90% of them exercise their option to become certified. Most employers require certification and some states require certification to perform certain jobs such as performing X-rays or drawing blood. Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are encouraged to take the National Phlebotomy Certification as well as the State Basic X-ray License. The students of this program can also gain licensure through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT). Requirements and pre-requisites in order to qualify to take these examinations are under the control of the agencies and organizations that offer these examinations and outside the control of STCI, their requirements can be change without advance notice. Therefore, STCI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take this certification examination at all or at any specific time regardless of their potential qualification status upon enrollment.
These exams are voluntary however obtaining these credentials highly enhance employment opportunities in the field.