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Montana Tech Celebrates Medical Assistants Week & Honors Instructor Gretchen Geller


Montana Tech’s Medical Assistant program is celebrating Medical Assistants Recognition Week, October 21-25, 2013, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical assistants across the country are recognized during this special week and honored specifically on Medical Assistants Recognition Day, October 23, 2013.

In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, Montana Tech held a special celebration at Highlands College on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. The celebration honored the program’s 8th year and instructor Gretchen Geller, who was instrumental in bringing the Medical Assistant program to Montana Tech. The program was launched in 2006 and has graduated 52 students thus far. The program currently has 12 students slated to graduate in May of 2014.

The programs has clinical sites in Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge. Graduates from Montana Tech’s medical assistant program currently work in clinics in the community of Butte-Silver Bow. For example, graduates currently work at the Butte Community Health Center, Montana Orthopedics, Advanced Dermatology and for Dr. Katie McGree and Dr. Glenn McLaughlin.

The median pay for a medical assistant is $28,860 (2010). Medical assistants perform a variety of tasks which include, but are not necessary limited to: general medical assisting knowledge, administrative medical assisting, and clinical medical assisting. Those may include the following: answering telephones, using computer applications to schedule patients and update pt. medical records; arranging hospital admissions, lab and radiological procedures; handling correspondence, billing, coding and bookkeeping. Clinical skills include: taking vital signs and patient histories, administering immunizations and medication, wound care, assisting with minor office surgery, instrument care and sterilization, drawing blood and performing CLIA waived lab tests and ECGs. Additionally, Medical Assistants must understand principles of medical ethics and medical legal issues.

For more information on Montana Tech’s medical assistant program, please contact Gretchen Geller at 406-496-3779.