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North Campus to Offer Medical (Office) Assistant Information Session

An information session for the next medical (office) assistant class to be offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s North Campus will be held July 26.

The information session will begin at 9 a.m. at the North Campus, located three miles east of Wellsboro. The next medical assistant class is scheduled to begin in mid-September.

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as the health-services industry expands. Due to technological advances in medicine and a growing and aging population, medical assistant is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.

Medical assistants are trained to work in a variety of entry-level medical office positions such as medical records clerk, billing and insurance clerk, office technician, information or personnel clerk, and phlebotomist.

The North Campus program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction to prepare participants to perform general administrative, receptionist and basic clinical procedures in doctor’s offices, clinics, medical facilities and human-service agencies. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings, keeping offices and clinics running smoothly.

Participants in the daytime course complete 800 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours in a medical office setting. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists certification agency. The clock-hour program was designed specifically for the North Campus by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

Applications will be accepted until the class is full. Applicants must have a high school or GED diploma, a recent Pennsylvania State Police criminal background check and a medical examination, including specific immunizations.

Financial assistance may be available to individuals who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online .

To request a packet of information, contact the North Campus at 570-724-7703.

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