This one-year certificate program is designed to prepare the student to provide both administrative and clinical services in a medical office. Medical assistants have a moderate level of patient contact. The profession-specific duties of a medical assistant will vary depending on the legal requirements of the state and on-the-job training, skill level, and capabilities of the medical assistant. Administrative duties may include: managing the flow of patients in and out of the office, updating and filing medical records, filling out insurance information, arranging for hospital admission or laboratory services, and billing.
Under the direct supervision of a licensed professional such as a physician, medical assistants also provide direct, hands-on patient care procedures. These procedures may include: monitoring vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for examinations, sterilizing instruments and/or performing routine laboratory procedures and electrocardiograms.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Certified Medical Assistant Examination through the NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing). Please review the Medical Assistant admission information in the college catalog and obtain an informational packet from the Allied Health Administrative Assistant.
Persons seeking admission to the Medical Assistant program must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have attained a GED.
2. Be at least 18 years of age.
3. Submit a criminal background check and drug screen prior to enrolling in MA-0108 Internship.
4. Be certified in CPR Healthcare Providers prior to enrolling in MA-0108 Internship.
5. PPD one-step test, MMR vaccinations (titers required if unable to provide proof of two documented MMR vaccinations), Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B series.
|Fall Semester||Credit Hours|
|HIT 100||Medical Terminology||3|
|BIO 212||Anatomy & Physiology||3|
|MA 100||Medical Office Procedures||3|
|MA 101||Patient Care I||3|
|MA 102||Billing and Coding||3|
|MA 103||Medical Law and Ethics||3|
|Spring Semester||Credit Hours|
|MA 104||Professionalism and Safety||3|
|MA 105||Patient Care II||3|
|MA 106||Medical Assisting Pharmacology||2|
|MA 107||Lab Diagnostics||4|
Possible Career Opportunities
Medical assistant. Major employers include community health providers, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.