Setting the Tone for Career Success

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Setting_the_tone_medicalMedical Assisting

Generally, the Medical Assistant performs administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by physician.

Upon completion of the program at WVNCC, graduates will be able to:
•    Perform administrative competencies related to administrative office procedures in the medical office
•    Demonstrate patient interviewing skills
•    Demonstrate sterile technique in maintenance of treatment areas and patient preparation
•    Perform specimen collections
•    Instruct patients in collection of specimens
•    Perform diagnostic testing within scope of practice of the Medical Assistant
•    Apply pharmacologic principles to prepare and administer medication as
permitted by law
•    Perform patient triage and techniques of patient interviewing

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Health Information Technology

This program is designed for the student who desires a career in a health related field with little or no patient contact. The curriculum provides a solid background in various aspects of health record management. Key topic areas include: records management, collection and dissemination of health data, fraud and abuse, confidentiality and privacy, medical coding, and statistical outcomes to name a few.

Upon completion of the program at WVNCC, graduates will be able to:
•    Demonstrate understanding of the purpose of various disease/procedure indexes and registries
•    Demonstrate knowledge of basic management principles
•    Demonstrate knowledge of the legal system in relation to health care records

The graduate of this program will be eligible to take the National Credentialing Examination to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Employment of Health Information Technicians is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2016—faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be attributed to the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures which are being increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts and consumers. Health Information Technicians are instrumental in the management of health information as providers strive to comply with federal legislation mandating the use of electronic medical records. Health Information Technicians are a critical component of the health care team.

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