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New Blended Learning Medical Assisting Program

Online DegreesAugust 12, 2015

Medical assistants play an important role in supporting the work of physicians and other healthcare providers. With recent changes in the healthcare sector, the need for new medical assistants is at a recent high. To help address that need, Fortis Online now offers a hybrid – or blended learning – Medical Assisting program.

What Is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is a combination of online and on-campus coursework. In short, a portion of the student’s classes are conducted online, while the rest is delivered “face-to-face” in a classroom setting. Here’s how that helps students planning to study Medical Assisting:
  • Many of the Medical Assisting courses will be online, making them accessible on laptops, iPads, iPhones and Android devices from virtually anywhere,anytime.
  • Blended learning breaks away from the “one-size-fits-all” instructional pace found in many classrooms, enabling students to spend more time absorbing and reflecting on areas of most importance.
  • Students can take classes on their schedule. This greater flexibility lets them maintain a better life-work-school balance.
This means most of the Medical Assisting courses will be taught online, while the hands-on laboratory classes will be learned in-person at a local campus. The Fortis hybrid program is set up on a four-day-a-week schedule, with three days of online work and one day on campus. The blended learning concept offers students the best of both worlds – the flexibility and convenience of online classes, while still enjoying the community and support of a campus setting. The online portion also helps students develop computer skills that will be valuable in the workplace. The hybrid Medical Assisting program is a nationally accredited associate degree program. Graduates of this program are prepared to earn CMA certification, reflecting their demonstrated knowledge and skills, which may enhance their employability in the field.  

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