22 students complete PCC Medical Assistant training, Dec. 19

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December 18, 2018
22 students complete PCC Medical Assistant training, Dec. 19
Tucson, AZ – Wednesday evening, 22 PCC students will be honored for completing the Center for Training and Development’s Medical Assistant Program.
  •  What: PCC Center for Training and Development Medical Assistant Completion Ceremony
  • When: 6 p.m., Dec. 19, 2018
  • Where: D101, Pueblo Building, PCC Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz [map]
  • Details: Invitation only; media welcome
  • Info: 520-206-5100; pima.edu/ctd or ctd@pima.edu
The students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical assistants work in physicians’ offices and clinics aiding physicians in office/clerical work and patient treatment.
Employment of medical assistants in Arizona is projected to grow 45 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations and much faster than the projected job growth for medical assistants nationwide of 29 percent during that period. The average salary for medical assistants in Arizona in 2017 was $32,840, compared to the national average of $33,580.
Six of these medical assistant students were supported by PCC’s $15 million Health Profession Opportunities Grant from the federal government. HPOG HOPES supports eligible students in the Medical Assistant Program and more than one dozen health-related PCC trainings. It is a study funded by the federal government to determine how training opportunities in high-demand healthcare fields help people improve their skills and find better jobs. For HPOG HOPES info, call 206-5250 or visit pima.edu/hpog. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families funds HPOG. During the study, all new eligible applicants are selected by lottery. Not all eligible applicants will be selected.
Academically, a medical assistant is on track to complete additional certificates or degrees in medical administrative skills, such as Health Information Technology, or in patient care.
The CTD Medical Assistant Program is for-credit, but new sessions start four times throughout the year, unlike a traditional semester-based format. The program lasts 52 to 78 weeks, including holidays and scheduled breaks. Though the Medical Assistant training is a certificate program, CTD offers other certificate programs based on hours of successfully completed skills training rather than credits. CTD is based at PCC Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz. Other healthcare trainings are Nursing Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Practical Nurse.