Medical Administrative Assistant, Dental Assistant Programs New At Everest’s Fort Worth South Campus
Posted June 16, 2010on:
Health Care Career Training Programs Address Community Needs
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 16, 2010) – With the demand for medical administrative assistants expected to increase 16 percent and dental assistants expected to increase 36 percent over the next 10 years, both of these health care specialties are projected to have large numbers of job openings, according to the Bureau and Labor Statistics*. To meet that demand, Everest College’s new Fort Worth South campus has added two health care programs — Medical Administrative Assistant and Dental Assistant.
The medical administrative assistant program is eight months long and includes study on medical office administrative procedures, accounting functions essential to a medical environment, patient record set up and maintenance, filing and record keeping, basic coding with CPT and ICD-9 codes, preparation and processing insurance claims, dictation and transcription, correspondence and mail processing, and computerized practice management.
The Medical Administrative Assistant program includes coursework on the following:
- Office Finance
- Patient Processing and Assisting
- Medical Insurance
- Insurance Plans and Collections
- Office Procedures
- Patient Care and Computerized Practice Management
- Dental Administrative Procedures
The dental assistant training is eight months long and includes laboratory experience, which entails hands-on simulations to help students learn actual working conditions. The program includes instruction on dental radiography, dental sciences, operatory dentistry, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy, orthodontics, and dental health, as well as a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. After students complete all coursework and lab work, they must complete 160 hours of unpaid in-service in a dental office.
The dental assistant courses prepare students through:
- Dental office emergencies and compliance
- Dental radiography
- Dental specialties
- Operatory dentistry
- Laboratory procedures
- Dental anatomy and orthodontics
- Dental health
‘The medical and dental fields continue to experience steady growth and provide solid career opportunities,” said Marilyn Drew-Long, Everest Fort Worth South campus president. “Our graduates will fill needed roles, and more importantly, strengthen our community as a whole.”
Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America and provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, legal and information technology. In addition to Dental Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant programs, Everest College, Fort Worth South campus, located at La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth, 4200 South Freeway, Suite 1940, Ft. Worth, TX 76115, also offers Medical Assistant and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. Everest has nine Texas locations in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and more than 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Programs vary by campus. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu. Media may contact Karen Kalil, AVP, Public Relations for Everest: (714) 825-7789 for interviews.
* Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations – Dental Assistants and Medical and Health Services Managers sections of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.