Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting – As healthcare continues to undergo dramatic changes, the need for qualified health care workers remains at unprecedented levels. Medical Assisting is among the fastest growing careers in the nation and employment opportunity is projected as excellent. In the Medical Assisting program, students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to gain successful employment in a medical office, hospital, and clinic or related health care setting. When the skills learned in this program are combined with post-secondary education, even more employment opportunities become available. The program emphasizes exploration and preparation of various careers within the health field. Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending upon the location and size of the practice and include such tasks as scheduling appointments, registering patients, updating medical records, taking a medical history and vital signs, drawing blood, EKGs, routine laboratory testing, and assisting the physician with procedures. 

Program Highlights 

  • Brand new, state of the art training facility located next to the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Student Health Center. 
  • Partnership with Lahey Medical Center which includes student internship opportunities. 
  • Rigorous coursework which includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease pathology, nutrition, recording vital signs, learning administrative tasks, documenting medical information from patients, performing laboratory tests such as urinalysis, throat cultures, EKGs and phlebotomy.
  • CERTIFICATIONS: RMA (awaiting approval), First Aid/CPR, AED, OSHA Medical Card

Career Opportunities

  • Medical assistant
  • EKG Technician
  • X-ray technician
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Surgical technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Sports Medicine
  • Occupational therapist
  • Doctor

Shannon Spinosa

Instructor spinosas@peabody.k12.ma.us