College Ranked No. 4 Medical Assistant Program in State

October 22, 2021 |

East Central College’s Medical Assistant Program is ranked No. 4 in the state, according to Medical Assistant Advice, a website that serves medical assistant students and professionals.

The ranking was released during Medical Assistants Recognition Week, Oct. 18-22, a time to honor and recognize the students enrolled in, and the graduates of, medical assistant programs.

Medical Assistants Recognition Week is designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

“The ECC medical assisting program is thrilled to be recognized as a top program within the state of Missouri,” said Director of Nursing and Dean of Health Science Nancy Mitchell.

“Our faculty are content experts and bring years of industry knowledge to the classroom to educate future Medical assistants. So, this week we celebrate East Central college’s medical assisting educators, current students and past graduates.”

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The AAMA is devoted exclusively to serving the professional interests and educational needs of all medical assistants. The association provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.

ECC Program

The MDA program is designed to train students to meet the needs of an ever-expanding allied health field. The Union campus and Rolla site offer a complete associate degree and a certificate option.

The main campus offers a traditional day program and the Rolla site offers an evening option to meet the needs of all students.

Medical Assistants directly influence public health through tasks include bookkeeping, coordinating appointments, patient interaction, coding paper and electronic health files. Medical Assistants may also take patient vital signs and help with injections, examinations and lab test preparations under a doctor’s supervision.

To learn more about the MDA program, visit www.eastcentral.edu/allied-health/, or contact Mitchell at Nancy.Mitchell@eastcentral.edu.