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MEDICAL ASSISTING

CERTIFICATE: Certificate in Applied Science with a major in Medical Assisting

To provide a comprehensive technical education program that prepares its graduates to work in physician office practices, clinics, and other health care settings in the College's service area.

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who work under the supervision of physicians in their office practices and in other medical settings. In accordance with state law, they perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants help other health care providers examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks needed to keep offices running smoothly. Assistants who work in a small office or health care facility may handle both clinical and clerical duties. Assistants working in an office with a sizable staff will probably specialize in either the clinical or administrative aspects of the job.

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2009 as the health services industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. It is one of the fastest growing occupations. The earnings of medical assistants vary widely, depending on experience, skill level, and location. Average hourly wages for medical assistants with more than five years of experienced ranged from $10.50 to $14.00. Wages were higher in the Northeast and West and lower in the Midwest and South.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: Biology, Keyboarding
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Departmental Approval
  3. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  4. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  5. First Aid Certification
  6. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  7. MMR Immunization or Titer
  8. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  9. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  10. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: ALL
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: MED
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Dismissal Policy: A student who receives a grade below "C" for any two or more required curriculum courses will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to re-enter the program.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Course Requirements


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
AHS 121 Basic Pharmacology 2 0 2
AHS 138 Medical Coding Basics 3 0 3
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy And Physiology 3 3 4
ENG 160 Technical Communications 3 0 3
MED 102 Introduction to the Medical Assisting Profession 2 0 2
MED 107 Medical Office Management 2 6 4
MED 113 Basic Medical Lab Techniques 2 3 3
MED 114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures 3 3 4
MED 156 Clinical Experience I 1 15 6
PSY 103 Human Relations 3 0 3
27 30 37
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  37

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy And Physiology 3 3 4
MED 102 Introduction to the Medical Assisting Profession 2 0 2
MED 114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures 3 3 4
11 6 13

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 121 Basic Pharmacology 2 0 2
AHS 138 Medical Coding Basics 3 0 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications 3 0 3
MED 113 Basic Medical Lab Techniques 2 3 3
PSY 103 Human Relations 3 0 3
13 3 14

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
MED 107 Medical Office Management 2 6 4
MED 156 Clinical Experience I 1 15 6
3 21 10
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  37

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Kathleen Hanrahan

Waiting List: No

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