Medical Assisting Program Overview

  • Medical Assisting student practicing blood pressure measurement.

    Our fundamental purpose as a vocational-technical high school is to ensure that all learners are college and career-ready upon graduation. Medical Assisting is a multifaceted profession within healthcare that includes working in an administrative and/or clinical role. The Medical Assisting program at Diman Regional High School is dedicated to providing theory and technical skills necessary to gain successful employment as a medical assistant, begin to build a professional network with individuals within the medical field, and gain exposure to a myriad of employment opportunities.

    Medical assistants are employed in physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, and other specialty settings. Graduates of the medical assisting program will possess the important skills needed to be successful in today’s industry with the ability to learn, change, and adapt. The underlying fundamentals of the program will include career and technical training, integrated with English, math, related science, and safety training (that will meet and exceed OSHA Safety training) to provide each student with the background to advance educationally, as well as professionally. The course instruction utilizes the competencies from the Medical Assisting Vocational Technical Educational (VTE) Frameworks and the objectives contained within the six strands of the VTE Frameworks allowing students to sit for national certification. Emphasis is put on the obtainment of 21st-century skills, designed to promote an environment of problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration/teamwork, and resourcefulness through rigorous project-based learning.  It is the goal of the Medical Assisting program to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to meet the needs of the local communities of interest.

    Program Learning Experience

    As a freshman, students can expect an introduction to the profession of medical assisting during their exploratory program. In the second semester, students will continue that exploration with an emphasis on safety and building foundational skills. Students will begin to learn the language of medicine and the necessary communication skills that will not only be important to their function as a medical assistant but will aid in their success as a student and/or employee in any setting. Students will receive training in assisting with the physical exam and responding to patients' needs and learn important infection control procedures. 

    Sophomores will continue the medical assisting shop with a systems approach. They will learn the medical terminology, abbreviations, anatomy and physiology, and medication categories of the body systems. Clinical skills within the scope of practice for medical assistants and related to the body system being studied will be practiced with a focus on safety, communication, infection control, and charting. Additionally, students will be introduced to administrative duties including the use of electronic health records (EHR), scheduling, and the revenue cycle.

    Juniors will continue to strengthen their knowledge of safety, communication, administrative functions, infection control, and medical terminology. In a systems approach, they will learn pathophysiology including various diagnostic testing, medication administration, and lab skills that fall within the scope of practice for medical assistants. Students will participate in a clinical externship and eligible students will be able to participate in Co-op.

    Seniors who do not participate in Co-op will further their education in advanced areas of medical assisting as they prepare for and take certification exams in a number of areas.

    PrimaCare hosts MA clinical students

    Certification Exams

    Students who successfully complete a Chapter-74 Medical Assisting program will be eligible to sit for various certification exams. These may include:

    • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
    • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
    • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
    • Certified EKG Technician (CET)
    • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
    • Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)
    • American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid
    • American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR
    • OSHA 10-hour General Industry (Healthcare)


Skills & Careers

  • Students graduating from Diman Regional have a variety of job options open to them. Below is a partial list of jobs Diman Regional grads from this program are qualified for, depending on their level of education.

    Diman Diploma

    • Administrative Medical Assistant
    • Chiropractic Assistant
    • Clinical Medical Assistant
    • Medical Records Technician
    • Medical Biller
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Patient Navigator
    • Medical Receptionist
    • EKG Technician
    • Physical Therapy Aid
    • Optometric Assistant
    • Podiatry Assistant

    2 Year College

    • A.S. in Medical Assistant
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    • EMT/ Paramedic
    • Health Information Management
    • Health Science
    • Human Services
    • Medical Coding and Billing Specialist
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Office Administration
    • Nurse Education
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Respiratory Care
    • Surgical Technology

    4 Year College (or beyond)

    • Accupuncture
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Health Information Technology
    • Healthcare Administration and Management
    • Human Services
    • Medical Imaging and Therapeutics
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Public Health
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Sports Medicine

    Skills & Skill Areas

    • Demonstrate health and safety practices
    • Demonstrate professional behavior in clinical practice
    • Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal communication
    • Collect a medical history
    • Respond to patients' needs
    • Organize and maintain technical information
    • Screen and process mail
    • Demonstrate basic computer skills
    • Assist with asepsis and infection control
    • Assist with minor surgical procedures
    • Perform first aid and CPR
    • Assist with specialty exams
    • Instruct patients about medication and special diets
    • Provide patient education
    • Perform CLIA waived tests
    • Collect, prepare, and transmit specimens
    • Electrocardiography
    • Spirometry
    • Perform venipuncture and capillary puncture

In the News

  • Miss Massachusetts visits Diman

    Strong, Smart, and Bold

    Diman students recently had the opportunity to enjoy a visit from Lyndsey Littlefield, the current Miss Massachusetts. She spoke to students in the Dental Assisting, Health Assisting, Medical Assisting, and Business Technology Shops. (1/9/20)

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  •  Pictured from left to right - Julie Gagliardi Bay Coast Bank, Dr. Martin Fogle and Richard Mateus P

    Four local organizations collaborate to support Diman's new vocational program

    Recently Diman Regional earned preliminary approval from the Mass Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer a Medical Assistant Program. This new career training for high school students would require Diman to absorb all start up expenses, including instructor salary, room modifications and training materials.

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