Medical Assistants assist physicians in private medical offices, clinics and in hospital outpatient clinics with patient care as well as with routine office laboratory and diagnostic tests.
The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment as medical assistants in physician’s offices or clinics. The curriculum is designed to provide training in administrative and clinical settings. Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures (including appointment scheduling, billing and insurance), assisting with examinations, surgical and laboratory procedures (including venipuncture and pharmacology).
With the exception of enrollment in MS 101 Introduction to Medical Assisting, admission to the Medical Assisting program is required before enrollment in any Medical Assisting technical requirement course. Admission to the Medical Assisting program includes:
Advisement from Allied Health faculty.
Completion of English and Mathematics Placement Tests with minimum scores or completion of English and mathematics development courses and attainment of passing scores.
Health Clearance, which includes physical immunization (PPD, Hep B, 1, 2, 3).
Prerequisites are listed for certain related technical requirement courses.
Note: Only courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the certificate. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better to continue in the program. If students earn any grade below a “C” in their medical assisting courses, they will not be able to continue the course sequence. Each class must be successfully passed in order to move on to upper level courses.