Tunxis Community College in Farmington has spots available in its 10-month registered medical assistant program that starts Sept. 14, one of several non-credit programs offered through Tunxis Workforce Development and Continuing Education to help meet demand in Connecticut for health care workers.
Medical assistants, who perform a variety of clinical and administrative functions in hospitals and physician’s offices, rank among the occupations expected to have a high growth rate in Connecticut through 2022, with projected job growth of 27%, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor. Those with formal training and certification have the best opportunities for employment, said a press release from Tunxis.
Approved by the American Medical Technologists certification agency, the program provides hands-on skills in recording vital signs, taking medical histories, phlebotomy, pharmacology, assisting physicians during examinations, and performing basic laboratory tests, among others. A 200-hour clinical externship at area physicians’ office and clinics is also included.
The non-credit program runs through July 16, 2016 and is eligible for funding through the Workforce Investment Act by contacting a CT Works office. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the American Medical Technologists Registered Medical Assistant Certification Exam.