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New Program at Amarillo College hopes to provide more Certified Medical Assistants

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Amarillo, TX - Area students who wish to become Certified Medical Assistants will soon have a new place to learn.

Amarillo College is expanding their Nursing curriculum to include Certified Medical Assistants.

The idea for the program started with an investment...

"Amarillo College was presented with a 2.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor," said Mark Rowh who is the Dean of Health Sciences at Amarillo College.

And a need from the community...

"We actually brought employers together to see what kind of medical professional they wanted us to develop and we came up with the Clinical Medical Assistant Program," Rowh said.

"The M-A Level is a beginning level for people that are interested in the healthcare field," said Amelia Nelson who is an Administrator at Amarillo Family Physicians Clinic.

It gives people an entry into the medical field by allowing them to experience all aspects of a doctor's office or clinic firsthand.

"They escort patients to the doctor's exam room, they get whatever the doctor needs ready for that patient and assist the doctor in many ways," Nelson said.

"We do administrative work, schedule patients, schedule appointments, we do everything," said Brittany Gonzales who is a Registered Medical Assistant at Amarillo Family Physicians Clinic.

"On the other side they will know how to do patient care, assessment, give immunizations, remove sutures and do nursing skills in the doctor's office," Rowh said.

While anyone may sign-up for the program, those with a certain skill set may see the most benefit.

"Students that come to us need to have good people skills, good soft skills we call them, so that they can take care of their patients and the patient's family as well," said Rowh.

But, most importantly the program is hoping to help the community by....

"Responding to an industry need," Rowh said.

The program starts this summer and students may begin signing-up now.

Amarillo College also says they will help students interested in this program who are in need of financial aide.

Click here for more information on the Certified Medical Assistant Program.
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