Forsyth Tech’s Medical Assisting program is one example of how the college is preparing students to enter the workforce as productive members of the community. This year, all of the program’s graduates passed the Certified Medical Assistant examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). In addition to the 100 percent pass rate, program graduates measured at the 93rd percentile, far ahead of the national benchmark of 65 percent.
The nationally competitive Medical Assisting program is continuing to grow and develop, as the student retention rate has increased by three percent in the last year. Over the past five years, the program has achieved an average job placement rate of 92.45 percent and a graduate satisfaction rate of 100 percent.
Data from the Medical Assisting Education Review Board also shows how Medical Assisting students are graduating from Forsyth Tech with the skills needed to become successful, in-demand employees. Health care employers such as Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and private medical offices were surveyed for overall satisfaction in three areas of competence: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective reasoning of Forsyth Tech CMA graduates. For the past five years, employer satisfaction has been at 100 percent.
For students who want to begin a health care career and do not know where to start, the medical assisting program’s AAS degree format includes cross-training in medical office administration, clinical exam prep, and completion of physician orders, combined with clinical laboratory skills. “This multifaceted career path can easily be a gateway to future career advancements and possible stackable credentials,” said Medical Assisting Program Coordinator Anna Hilton.