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MCC’s Downtown Campus to Add Cohort-Based Certificate Program (07/05/2017)

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Students will attend all classes together, increasing likelihood of graduating

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – July 5, 2017 – With health care being among the Rochester area’s top industries, Monroe Community College is redoubling its efforts to prepare individuals for the high-demand career of medical office assistant — a field that has grown about 5 percent over the past two years.

MCC has developed a cohort-based medical office assistant certificate program, allowing students to attend every class together for the duration of the program at the Downtown Campus and increasing the likelihood that a student will persist and graduate. The model is focused on building a tight-knit learning community of peers who use one another as resources and collaborate on projects and in discussions.

Participants learn specialized health care record-keeping procedures and use the same high-tech computer systems found in today’s medical offices. In addition to developing strong technical skills, students will learn to effectively communicate with patients and health care professionals and gain introductory knowledge of biology, medical terminology, drugs and emergency care.

Graduates can begin their careers in hospitals, private practices and dental clinics as administrative assistants, medical records and health information technicians, and medical record coders.

Employment opportunities for medical office assistants are projected to increase by 11 percent over the next decade, according to MCC’s Career Coach. Within the past year alone, nearly 30 local businesses have posted job openings for medical office assistants.

Offered through MCC’s Information and Computer Technologies Department, classes will begin Sept. 5 at MCC’s Downtown Campus, 321 State St. in Rochester. Deadline to register for fall 2017 is Aug. 30. Financial aid for qualified individuals and support services—including job placement assistance—are available through MCC and community partners.

For individuals wanting flexible course schedules, a traditional medical office assistant certificate program is offered at the Brighton Campus.

For more information about the certificate program and enrollment, contact Christina Bakewicz at cbakewicz@monroecc.edu or (585) 685-6219.

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