Gateway celebrates Medical Assistants Recognition Week
Published on Oct 30, 2019
Gateway Community & Technical College celebrated National Medical Assistants Recognition Week October 21-25. The theme for the celebration was, “Medical Assistants – at the heart of healthcare.”
Since 1984, registered medical assistants (RMA) and others in the healthcare community have honored the vital role and the professional excellence that medical assistants provide in the delivery of healthcare to patients.
Medical assistants certified by American Medical Technologists (AMT) as RMAs must pass an exam and have the required education and experience to receive this professional certification. A medical assistant is a multi-skilled professional who combines clinical and administrative responsibilities to assist in all aspects of medical practice in a physician office, hospital, clinic, government agency, or laboratory.
Clinical functions include taking vital signs, charting patient information, recording medical histories, performing routine tests, and applying dressings. Administrative duties include scheduling appointments, billing and maintaining patient files.
“Medical assistants provide an invaluable service to both the patient and the healthcare providers in the community. We recognize their dedication to the profession and to the industry.” says Christopher A. Damon, JD., Executive Director of AMT.
The medical assisting program at Gateway is a two-year associate degree program that is dedicated to success and real-life experiences. The students are exposed to a hands-on education and a rewarding externship experience in local healthcare facilities. The program is pleased to announce a 99 percent pass rate on the RMA certification exam over the past 10 years, with remarkable employment rates. Graduates report strong opportunities for growth and advancement in their field of study.