Medical Assistant (Associate's) - Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Associate of Science
The medical field is fast-paced and always growing. If you enjoy caring for others and want to be a part of this exciting, rewarding field, the Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program from Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City could be right for you.
How to Become a Medical Assistant
Our Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program is hands-on and comprehensive, with medical assistant training in skills that employers want most. Our curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation for medical assistant jobs, teaching you lab and clinical techniques including:
- Performing EKG, CPR, venipuncture, Universal Standard Precautions and aseptic techniques
- Obtaining vital signs and taking medical histories
- Preparing patients for exams and performing routine laboratory procedures.
The Medical Assistant training program at Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City will also teach you a variety of administrative skills, such as scheduling appointments, medical record keeping and insurance procedures.
Employers Look for Professionalism
Professionalism is important to employers since medical assistants work directly with patients — the all-important "customer" in the healthcare business. At Virginia College, we teach you the importance of punctuality, dress code, etiquette and other skills you need to succeed in a professional environment. These skills, as well as the completion of your associate's degree, can help make you more attractive to employers, as well as giving you added confidence in your training.
You'll Get On-the-Job Training in the Medical Field
Your hands-on training isn't limited to the classroom or lab work. We've designed a 180-hour externship to help you put your skills to the test in a real-world work environment. You will be placed under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare professional at a local healthcare facility, such as Shreveport Internal Medicine, LabCorp or DaVita Dialysis, where you can hone your medical assisting job skills. This externship gives you valuable experience that appeals to prospective employers, plus it gives you exposure to the day-to-day challenges you'll face as a medical assistant.
Medical Assistant Certifications are Important
In the medical field, certification — while not always required — can signify to prospective employers that you meet a high standard of competence. Qualified graduates of the Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program from Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City may be eligible to sit for one or both of the following certifications: Registered Medical Assistant, or RMA or Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT).
We Prepare You to Seek Medical Assistant Jobs
Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City has a dedicated team of career placement professionals that develops relationships with employers and helps our medical assistant graduates find jobs. Some of our graduates have found positions with local healthcare facilities like Minden Medical Center and Shreveport Internal Medicine.
Start Earning Your Medical Assistant Degree
You can be a vital member of a healthcare team in just 24 months! Call (318) 741-8020 to talk to an Enrollment Specialist, or fill out the Request More Information form to get started today.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.