Prince George’s Community College Offers New Medical Assisting Program

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Community college introduces Medical Assisting Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, providing an affordable and convenient academic and career option for students with a passion for medicine.

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Medical Assistants are the only trained health professional that can multi-task and perform both administrative tasks and clinical functions in a variety of outpatient settings.

Prince George’s Community College is pleased to announce that a brand new degree program has been added to its curriculum that focuses on the medical profession. Students with an interest in medicine and this ever-evolving field can earn an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting through the Applied Sciences department. The college has appointed a stellar group of professionals to spearhead the courses and oversee enrollment, curriculum and the myriad of vital matters that go hand-in-hand with such a robust program.

“Medical Assistants are the only trained health professional that can multi-task and perform both administrative tasks and clinical functions in a variety of outpatient settings,” said J. David James, program director. “According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (2012), “The technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistants.” ”therefore, this is the ideal time to take charge of your future and consider a career that will impact lives.”

The Medical Assisting AAS degree program is full accordance with Prince George’s Community College’s mission to provide “cost effective, high-quality programs and services that respond to student and community needs.” The Medical Assisting program will meet student demand for a multi-skilled health professional and community demand for health care workers by providing well-trained, professional and employable graduates. According to the MD Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), there will be a large increase in the number of medical assistant positions from 8,295 in 2010 to 10,365 in 2020, with another 1050 positions being replacements. Within Prince George’s County, DLLR lists medical assisting as one of the fastest growing occupations, with an increase of 24.4% by 2018.

For more information about enrollment into the Medical Assisting AAS degree program at PGCC, please call (301) 322-6779 or e-mail jamesjd(at)pgcc(dot)edu.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at http://www.pgcc.edu.

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