Graduates expected to fill void in workforce
As demand rises for employees skilled in multiple fields, McLennan Community College announces the addition of a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) program, which cross-trains students in administrative and clinical duties. The program is currently accepting students for fall 2010 classes.
After two years of training, students will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and will be eligible to take the national exam to become a CMA. Many CMAs are employed in physicians’ offices and clinics, said Al Pollard, MCC’s vice president of program development.
“This is an excellent entry-level opportunity into health professions, and it offers a viable, satisfying career,” Pollard said. “Students will receive a foundation of knowledge that will also allow them to continue their education for upward mobility in the health field.”
MCC created the new program because of the considerable need in McLennan County, which the school found after surveying the county medical facilities and health care agencies. WorkForce Solutions also confirmed that medical assistants are in demand, as it is on the organization’s Targeted Occupations list.
Students in the CMA program will receive classroom instruction and hands-on training, as well as real-world experience through two clinical internships.
For more information, contact Linda Stanford at 299-8228 or email@example.com.