QUINCY, IL (WGEM) — A year after its inception, John Wood Community College’s medical assistant program has more than doubled in size, according to school officials.
They said the program has 13 students enrolled after 6 graduated last year. Officials said medical assistants can take on many roles at a doctors office from taking payments to taking a patients vitals.
“It takes less training and they can be overseen by a RN or LPN working cooperatively,” said Rose Ghattas, Director of CMA Program. “So that different skill sets can be used throughout the office. ”
They state this profession is in high demand locally at places like, Quincy Medical Group and Blessing Physician Services.
“There’s just a high need because we have such a large population,” said Ghattas. “The rural areas also have a need.”
New for the program, officials said in addition to the August start date, students can enroll in January. Students can choose to be full or part-time.