Monday, February 23, 2015

Edison’s Medical Assistant Program Exceeds Standards

Edison Community College’s Medical Assistant (MA) program recently received high commends. The program has once again exceeded the thresholds held by its accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Reviewed annually by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Edison’s MA program is measured against such standards as retention rate, positive job placement, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and the accredited national exam pass rate. This review process also stands to ensure the program meets or exceeds the high standards established by CAAHEP.

“This is vital to the success of our graduates and to the communities they will serve throughout their careers,” said Heather Young, Director of Medical Assisting. “By completing a CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting program, our graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized CMA credentialing exam. Graduates holding CMA credentials are found to be highly desirable among employers.”

As a career field with excellent job prospects, Edison’s in-demand MA program is available to individuals wishing to make a contribution to the healthcare field by performing both clinical and administrative duties in a variety of settings. In this program, students learn the skills needed to perform clerical functions, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, and patient care procedures.

In addition to its latest praises, Edison’s MA program was the recent recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Miami County Foundation. The money received helped fund a new simulated lab area for students, including cabinetry, supplies, blood pressure cuffs and a patient exam table. In addition, Midmark Corporation graciously contributed to the lab area with the donation of a second patient exam table to match the first.

Students can complete a Medical Assistant Certificate in as little as one year, with the option to obtain an Allied Health Associate of Technical Studies degree there after. For more information about Edison’s MA program or its CAAHEP accreditation, visit

Cutline: Edison Medical Assistant students check blood pressure in their newly renovated patient simulation area. Pictured are Carla Roberts of Piqua (Left) and Amber Luthman of Yorkshire (Right).

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