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Professional Medical Assistant Program Prepares Students with Hands-On Experiences

The Harris School provides the training students need to compete in the job market…and throws in a little fun too!

The Harris School of Business offers a professional medical assistant program that prepares students with the medical knowledge and clinical skills they need to compete in today’s job market. The coursework covers both in-classroom learning, in such topics as anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and pharmacology, as well as hands-on lab training in areas including blood draws, vital signs, and electrocardiograms.

At the Cherry Hill campus, the instructors know how to balance out the serious learning with a little bit fun now and then. Darlene Anderson, medical assistant instructor, was teaching a class of hard-working students who had completed their classroom and lab training. They were getting ready to be placed in medical assistant externships. She thought it was time for a little fun, and suggested that the students bring in clothing to dress up the model skeleton. She called it “Jammin with the Skeleton” day, and the students rose to the task. What started out as a bare teaching skeleton was suddenly transformed into a bony guy wearing crazy hats, multi-colored wigs, googly-eye glasses, and a beard.

Courses in the Professional Medical Assistant Program at Harris

While it looks like a fun day, “Jammin with the Skeleton” actually represents a whole lot of learning in Harris’s professional medical assistant program. Here are some of the areas of anatomy and physiology that the students learned during their time at Harris:

  • Structural units
  • Chemistry of living things
  • Cells
  • Tissues and membranes
  • Integumentary system
  • Central nervous system
  • Peripheral and autonomic nervous system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Endocrine system
  • Hematology system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Circulation, lymphatic & immunity system
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Urinary system
  • Reproductive system

In addition to learning about the anatomy and physiology of Mr. Skeleton, the students take courses in medical terminology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, office management, and ethics.

Toward the end of their training, students are placed in an externship. Externships are unpaid positions at real medical facilities where students have the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned at Harris. Students treat the externship like a job, and may include it as experience on their resumes. This kind of on-the-job experience is valuable training for students as they begin their new careers.

If you are interested in pursuing a new career, take a moment to see what the Harris School of Business offers. In addition to medical assisting, the school offers programs in dental assistant training, medical billing and coding training, massage therapy training, and more. Getting started is easy, and Harris’s admissions representatives are happy to help you learn more. Call us at 1.800.510.7920 for more information, and find out if Harris is the school for you.