College of Technology

Medical Assisting

Program Description

Medical Assistants help physicians examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks to keep offices running smoothly. The duties of Medical Assistants vary depending on the location and size of the practice and the physician's specialty. Clinical duties vary according to state law and include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, explaining treatment procedures and educating patients, preparing patients for examination, assisting during the examination, collecting blood and other specimen samples, and performing basic lab procedures on those specimens, assist in minor office surgeries, and complete tests such as electrocardiogram, urinalysis, holter monitor, and spirometry to name a few.

This program takes the students through all specialty areas such as orthopedics, cardiology, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dermatology and gastroenterology. You will be dealing with the public, scheduling appointments, processing insurance claims, bookkeeping, etc. Your duties may also include management responsibilities as assigned by your employer which include a wide variety of clerical tasks. You may be employed by a medical office, multiple specialty clinic, public health agency, Urgent or emergency care clinic or similar setting, medical labs, insurance companies, and medical billing agencies.

Certificates & Degrees

Program Options & Length:

  • Program begins in January
  • Program length is 5 semesters
  • Admits 18 students each year

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at http://www.isu.edu/stuhlth/insurance/.

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.