Associate in Science - Medical Assisting

Associate in Science and Certificate Program

The Medical Assistant is a respected, multi-skilled health professional who performs diverse duties in medical offices, clinics and health centers. The varied skills offered by the program provide the opportunity to work either in the front medical office or in a hands-on clinical environment.

The goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program develops the student's knowledge base and skills by providing a theoretical foundation and by developing the student's ability to perform clinical as well as office and administrative procedures. Courses combine lectures, laboratory sessions, simulations, and assignments to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective member of the healthcare team. Hands-on practice, along with clinical and work experience is gained during a supervised internship component. All courses are offered on-ground. Select courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.

Students are simultaneously enrolled in the Certificate and Associate Degree programs. Students complete the certificate first and are awarded a Certificate in Medical Assisting. Students then continue in the Associate Degree program. Graduates of the Collegiate Certificate program are eligible to sit immediately upon graduation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Students enrolled in the Day Division can complete the certificate program attending school full-time in 45 weeks. Students enrolled in the Evening Division can complete the certificate program attending school part-time in 60 weeks.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Science can apply the majority of their credits towards that degree. Students should contact the Health Science Program Director for more information.

Accepted Students

Medical Assisting students will be required to have documentation of a Physical Exam and immunizations on file before the start of their second semester. Immunization requirements include the Hepatitis B inoculation series or a signed waiver of inoculation, influenza vaccination, MMR vaccination, Varicella vaccination or titer, tetanus vaccination and two-step PPD vaccination. Student immunizations must remain current throughout the program and internship.

Students will be asked to provide confirmation of the following prior to internship:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Utilize medical terminology appropriately;
  2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as well as the related disease processes;
  3. Describe legal and regulatory frameworks of healthcare as they relate to the Medical Assistant;
  4. Demonstrate computer literacy skills;
  5. Effectively engage in written and oral communication as demonstrated through charting and communication with patients and other health professionals;
  6. Prepare patients for examination or procedures, and assist the physician with the examination or procedure;
  7. Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, as well as perform basic laboratory testing;
  8. Perform phlebotomy and other invasive specimen collection techniques; and
  9. Perform electrocardiograms and respiratory testing.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all major core course requirements with a minimum grade of "C".

2. Complete BIO 101 and HSC 111 with a minimum grade of "C".

Curriculum

Associate in Medical Assisting

General Education Core - 24 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

BIO 101

Concepts in Human Biology (SCI)

3

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

HSC 111

Medical Law and Ethics (CU)

3

Medical Assisting Major Core - 24 Credits

Freshman Year

HSC 105

Medical Terminology

3

MED 115

Introduction to Medical Insurance and Coding

3

MED 151

Medical Assisting: The Medical Office and

3

 

Patient Care

 

MED 152

Medical Assisting: Diagnostic Procedures

3

Sophomore Year

MED 153

Medical Assisting: Laboratory Procedures

3

MED 212

Pharmacology

3

MED 250

Medical Office Management

3

MED 299

Medical Assisting Internship

3

Electives - 12 Credits

HSC 1XX

Elective

3

OPEN

Electives

9

Total Credits in the Program

60

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all major core course requirements with a minimum grade of "C".

2. Complete BIO 101 and HSC 111 with a minimum grade of "C".

Curriculum

Certificate in Medical Assisting

First Semester

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency

3

HSC 105

Medical Terminology

3

MED 151

Medical Assisting: The Medical Office and

 

 

Patient Care

3

MED 115

Introduction to Insurance and Coding

3

BIO 101

Concepts in Human Biology

3

Second Semester

MED 152

Medical Assisting: Diagnostic Procedures

3

HSC 111

Medical Law and Ethics

3

MED 212

Pharmacology

3

MED 153

Medical Assisting: Laboratory Procedures

3

MED 250

Medical Office Management

3

Third Semester

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology

3

MED 299

Medical Assisting Internship

3

Total Credits in the Program

36