|Apollo's Adult Medical Assisting program receives 10-year accreditation|
|Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:22 PM|
It’s the highest level of accreditation Apollo’s Medical Assisting program could receive. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) just awarded the growing allied health program at Apollo a 10-year accreditation with no recommendations. Apollo is the only school in the region to achieve such high marks.
“Not only is this recognition an honor, but another example of how Apollo’s Adult Education is committed to providing high quality programs that meet the needs of the community,” Apollo’s Allied Health Manager Tara Shepherd said.
Recently, agency surveyors conducted an intensive on-site review of over 183 areas of interest including student outcomes, curriculum, management of the program, policies, procedures, as well as faculty and student interviews.
The actual survey was conducted by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Apollo will become eligible again for review in 2023.
Apollo’s medical assistants are cross trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. It makes the medical assistant very versatile, working alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. They will explain treatment procedures to patients, prepare them for exams and tests, educate them on medication and how to manage their condition to greeting patients and facilitating coding and insurance billing. As a result, medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:
• Predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities
• Technological advancements
• Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment.