Medical Assisting

Medical Assistants are often responsible for important administrative duties and important clinical tasks that assist and support the doctor and the other medical staff.

Overview

OFTC’s Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs which means upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam to become certified medical assistants.  

While students are enrolled in OFTC’s program, they’ll take classes that teach a variety of skills and increase knowledge in the areas of bookkeeping, scheduling, how to communicate with patients and insurance companies, billing, updating patient records, welcoming and discharging patients, taking vital signs, assisting with exams, giving injections, performing various laboratory tests, explaining treatments to patients, and more. 

In 2020, there were 720,900 Medical Assisting jobs available in the United States, with a projected job growth of 18% through 2030, which is faster than average. What does this mean for you? There are more jobs available in this field than skilled workers to fill them. 

The Medical Assisting Diploma Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). 

Programs in the Medical Assisting department can be completed between 2 – 5 semesters. 

Features

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Job Stability & Security

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

The great demand for medical assistants means job turnover is low, and the industry is largely protected from layoffs, even when the economy is bad. 

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Little or No Cost to You

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt.  

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Medical Assisting department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $6,724.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $1,700.00 
  • Uniform & Supplies: $300.00 
  • Liability Insurance (per year): $11.00 
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Advancement Opportunities

Gaining experience, becoming proficient in skills and widening your medical knowledge base are all tools you’ll need to advance in your career as a medical assistant. Some Medical Assistants view the expertise and knowledge they earn during their work as stepping stones to other healthcare careers with specializations and continued education and training. 

 

Locations

Campuses

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has campuses throughout its 11-county service area. We look forward to your visit.

Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and the OFTC campus where it is taught, in part or in its entirety.

Dublin Campus (South)
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 275-6589

Admissions

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application. 

Admissions Process

Your admissions application can be submitted online with your $25.00 non-refundable application fee and takes just a few minutes to complete.   

  1. Submit a completed application and application fee. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript, GED transcript, or official college transcripts, if applicable. 
  3. Submit official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument, if applicable. Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its required minimum scores. 
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at https://studentaid.gov/ and HOPE Application at www.GAfutures.org using OFTC School Code: 031555. 

NOTE: The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy. 

General Requirements

  1. Be at least 16 years of age. You must be 17 years of age to enroll in the medical assisting diploma or the health care management degree.

Additional admissions requirements unique to each program are listed on each individual program page at www.OFTC.edu/programs/ 

Need More Info?

  • For more information about any of these programs, contact a program advisor: 
    • 478-274-7900 (Dublin) 
  • For additional information on admission to OFTC, 
contact the Office of Admissions: 
    • 478-553-2064 (Sandersville)
    • 478-275-6589 (Dublin) 
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Learning Format

Students can enter a Medical Assisting program any semester — because when you are ready to start on the path to a new career and change your life, there is no reason to wait. 

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: on campus, blended, online asynchronous, and synchronous technology.

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On Campus

These are courses that are taught primarily in the classroom or lab with less than 50% of instruction online. On campus courses may include lecture, labs, internships, clinicals, and other in-person instructional modalities.

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Blended

Blended courses are distance learning courses with the majority of the course content, activities, and interactions occurring online but may require students to come to campus for specific assignments, activities, or events.

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Online Asynchronous

These are courses that are taught fully online asynchronously with course content, activities, and interactions occurring entirely online. This delivery method does not require students to be online at a specific date or time, and students may participate in class activities and complete course assignments asynchronously. Online asynchronous courses require proctored events.

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Synchronous Technology

OFTC also utilizes synchronous technology to offer courses via distance education means. The course is taught on one campus and then broadcast simultaneously to a classroom on a different campus that is monitored by a class proctor.

Flexible Schedule

We want you to get the most out of college and understand how much pressure it can add to your life. At OFTC you can achieve your career-training goals by fitting college into your lifestyle and schedule. We offer small class sizes and flexible scheduling.

Courses for our programs are offered during the morning, afternoon, and evenings – plus many are online where you can do your work any time of day. With this flexibility, you can strike a balance with your lifestyle and school.

And the personalized hands-on attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individualized support, focus and feedback from your instructors. Your instructors will get to know you and help you build the foundation and confidence needed for success in your field.

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Paying for College

At OFTC, we realize that many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. We’ll work with you to help you obtain financial aid to assist you in funding your education. We’re committed to helping you find ways to help you pay for this life-changing investment.  

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt. 

Financial Aid

OFTC offers several financial aid opportunities that can help you pay for college. Most students apply for federal and state aid, including the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship & Grant, and HOPE Career Grant.   

OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.  

  • 478-553-2131 (Sandersville) 
  • 478-274-7833 or 478-274-7940 (Dublin)
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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Medical Assisting department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $6,724.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $1,700.00 
  • Uniform & Supplies: $300.00 
  • Liability Insurance (per year): $11.00 

*Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its full breakdown of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Costs are estimated and are subject to change. 

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Career Outlook

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

As a medical assistant, you can expect to always be challenged at work, never be bored and make a meaningful contribution to your patient’s well-being. 

Graduates of the Medical Assisting diploma program can find employment as a medical assistant in a physician’s office or outpatient clinics. 

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Medical Assistants (Postsecondary nondegree award) 

  • 2021 Median Annual Pay: $37,190 
  • Job Outlook: 16% through 2030 

What does this mean to you?  There are more jobs available in this field than skilled workers to fill them, and graduates can work in a variety of areas due to the marketability of their skills. 

 

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Program Benefits

 Job Titles

  • Medical Assistant 

Diverse Settings

  • Offices of physicians 
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private 
  • Outpatient care centers 
  • Offices of chiropractors 

Skills Learned

  • Record patient history and personal information 
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure 
  • Help physicians with patient examinations 
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law 
  • Schedule patient appointments 
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests 
  • Enter patient information into medical records 

Graduate Testimonials

“I definitely recommend OFTC because the teachers and staff are amazing. They will help in any way they can; even the online instructors are there when you need them. Between the classroom and the hands-on practice; I’m prepared for my new career. It’s a privilege to say that I am a graduate of OFTC.” 

Rachel Price
2017 OFTC Graduate