For Immediate Release
26 July 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

New Registered Medical Assistant Program Helps Meet Demand for Health Care Workers


Tunxis Community College in Farmington will offer a new 10-month Registered Medical Assistant program starting September 29, one of many non-credit programs offered through Tunxis Workforce Development and Continuing Education to help meet demand in Connecticut for health care workers.

Medical assistants, who perform a variety of clinical and administrative functions in hospitals and physician’s offices, rank among the top 10 occupations expected to have the highest growth rate in Connecticut through 2014, with projected job growth of 31%, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor. Those with formal training and certification have the best opportunities for employment.

Approved by the American Medical Technologists certification agency, the program provides hands-on skills in recording vital signs, taking medical histories, phlebotomy, pharmacology, assisting physicians during examinations, and performing basic laboratory tests, among others. A 200-hour clinical externship at area physicians’ office and clinics is also included.

The program, which includes several online classes, runs through July 27, 2011. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the American Medical Technologists Registered Medical Assistant Certification Exam.

Information sessions for the Registered Medical Assistant program will be held July 28 and August 25 at 6 PM. Log on to or call 860.773.1450 to reserve a seat and request an application. To learn more about the many other non-credit allied health programs offered at Tunxis, visit the website at