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This course is an excellent introduction to any health/medical occupation. Employment is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients.
This yearlong course prepares 12th grade students to assist physicians by performing both business administration and clinical duties in a medical office. Business aspects of instruction cover insurance, medical records, and medical transcription. Clinical aspects of study include preparation of the patient for examination, taking/assessing of vital signs, performing injections and venipuncture, performing some invasive procedures, assisting with examination and treatment, and the use of the electrocardiograph machine. This course requires a clinical externship in a medical facility. Course fees and individual transportation may be required. Participation in the HOSA youth organization will be an integral part of this course.