Medical Assistant

1-Year Diploma Program | 36 Credits

A diploma from Southeast Tech in the fast-growing field of medical assisting puts you at the center of today’s high-demand healthcare industry. Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and outpatient care centers are only a few of the many employers seeking talented professionals to serve the increasing demand for preventive medical services in South Dakota and across the nation.

Are you looking for a field where you can help others? Your duties as a Medical Assistant professional are both administrative and clinical. The skills you need for Medical Assisting include:

  • Interpersonal
  • Technical
  • Analytical
  • Detail-oriented

What is Medical Assisting?

As a medical assistant graduate from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, you will take vital signs, perform blood draws, record patient history and give injections. Your tasks also might include maintaining medical records, coding for insurance billing and scheduling appointments. The largest employers of medical assistants are offices of physicians and hospitals.

Why Study Medical Assisting at Southeast Tech?

During your training as a Medical Assistant, you will study in STI’s high-tech Sullivan Health/Science Center, which opened in 1994. Your degree is backed by these other career-boosters:

Accreditation: You are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) exam if you are a graduate of the accredited program.

Learning Outcomes: From critical thinking to professionalism, you will gain the skills necessary to compassionately serve in a healthcare setting.

Tailored Learning: In 2019, in addition to its traditional day program, STI began offering its Medical Assistant offerings via a blended online program and on-campus lab instruction on some weeknights.

 

Salaries for Medical Assistants

$33,610

The median annual wage for trained medical assistants in 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

What can you do with your STI degree?

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a regional hub for many healthcare centers, which draw rural residents to the area. Your career opportunities upon graduation include many of these hospitals, clinics, laboratories and outpatient care centers. Graduates find employment with the following healthcare and medical technology employers:

  • Avera
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Sanford Health
  • Sioux Falls Veteran’s Administration Health Care System

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that projected growth in medical assisting outpaces the average for all occupations, with 29% growth expected between 2016 and 2026. 

The American Association of Medical Assistants attributes job growth for Medical Assistants to:

  • Predicted surge in the number of doctors’ offices and outpatient care facilities
  • Technological advancements
  • More elderly Americans who need care

Explore Classes

Southeast Tech’s year-long Medical Assisting program includes courses on medical records, pharmacology, applied anatomy/physiology and insurance billing.

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Cost

Costs for this program are calculated based on a charge of $248 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. 

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Faculty

Jolene Penning

Instructor
Medical Assistant
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