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Medical Assistant
voice: 956.364.4806
fax: 956.364.5227

Alicia Lugo,RN, BSN
voice: 956.364.4806
fax: 956.364.5227

  Mailing Address:
TSTC Harlingen
1902 Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
The Medical Assistant office is located in the Sen. Eddie Lucio Health Science Technology Building Office 138.
  Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.: Closed

LogoThe Medical Assistant Program at Texas State Technical College is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) www.caahep.org.

The duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, Medical Assistants usually handle both administrative and clinical duties and report directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. These are some of the administrative duties a Medical Assistant performs;

  • Billing for procedures and services
  • Coding for practice reimbursement
  • Verify patient's insurance benefits
  • Answer telephones
  • Update and file patient's medical records
  • Schedule appointments & procedures
  • Arrange for hospital admissions & laboratory services

Clinical duties vary according to state law and include the following;

  • Taking medical histories & recording vital signs
  • Explaining treatment & procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting physician during the examination
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens
  • Perform basic laboratory tests on the premises
  • Sterilize instruments for in-office surgeries
  • Patient education
  • Prepare & administer medications as directed by a physician
  • Authorize drug refills as directed
  • Telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy
  • Draw blood
  • Prepare patients for x-rays
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Remove sutures

If you have good communications skills and a have an empathetic caring personality then Medical Assisting may be just what you are looking for!

More details about the Medical Assistant Program are available through the College Information Office, and you are welcome to visit our facilities by scheduling a tour. Department Chair Alicia Lugo and program instructors work with students individually to plan a career path and course schedules. For more information, call 800.852.8784, extension 4797, or 956.364.4797.

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