The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to build a successful career as a competent entry-level medical assistant or patient care assistant within the healthcare community. The program prepares the student to work in both the clinic and administrative areas in a physician's office, hospital, or personal health care facility.
This Medical Assistant program provides the student with training necessary to work with physicians and other medical personnel in delivering quality healthcare in a fast-paced environment. Students have the opportunity to practice clinical procedures, laboratory techniques, and administrative responsibilities in a realistic setting. Students also learn medical terminology, office accounting practices, medical record keeping and other health care administration topics. The clinical and lab areas are equipped with exam tables, EKG machines, phlebotomy chairs, and other typical medical office equipment, allow students to develop their skills in various patient procedures and clinical tests. The program concludes with an externship to a local medical facility to provide hands-on working experience. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.
Medical Assistant students will be given the opportunity to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) during their last few weeks of externship. Students take the exam at Great Lakes under the supervision of a proctor. Certification is not a requirement for graduation or employment as a Medical Assistant in Pennsylvania.
Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Medical Assistant Program
UPMC Hamot, Erie PA
Saint Vincent Health System, Erie PA
Edinboro Medical Center, Edinboro PA
DaVita Dialysis, Meadville PA
The Regional Cancer Center, Erie PA
Medical Associates of Erie, Erie PA
Osteopathic Cardiology Associates, Erie PA
Westfield Family Physicians, Westfield NY
Community Resources for Independence, Erie PA
Senior Helpers, Erie PA
Absolut Care of Westfield, Westfield NY
Villa at the Lake, Conneaut OH
Meadville OBGYN Associates, Meadville, PA
AHN Saint Vincent OBGYN, Warren, PA
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Samantha Circle - Medical Assistant
ENT Specialists of Northwestern Pa
What I liked most about Great Lakes was the hands on learning experience students would get while in the lab; it helped prepare us for the work force. I also liked GLIT for the externship experience because it really prepared me for what the field is really like and gave me the chance at employment afterwards.
Champa Mainaly - Medical Assistant
Erie Retinal Surgery Inc.
Attending Great Lakes was one of the best decisions I had ever made. They have the best instructors, hands on learning, and great environment.
Kendra Sauers - Medical Assistant
What I really enjoyed about Great Lakes was the one-on-one training, and how helpful ALL of the staff are. This includes the Employment Team, who really helped me find a job!
Tara Henry - Medical Assistant
Medicor Associates Inc
Because of my training, I was already employed before graduating from the Medical Assistant program. The staff at Great Lakes was very helpful in securing my first job in my new career.