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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Total Credit Hours: 60-61


About Associate of Science in Medical Assisting


Medical Assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Physicians value this unique versatility more and more, as managed care necessitates the need to contain costs and manage human resources efficiently. Medical Assistants are trained allied health professionals who work primarily in physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, but also in hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assistants are trained to perform clinical back office procedures and administrative tasks. In contrast to most other allied health professionals who work in inpatient hospital settings, Medical Assistants, work primarily in outpatient clinics under the direct supervision of a physician. One portion of his or her training that concentrates on administrative medical assisting provides suitable background for employment in health maintenance organizations, home health care organizations, and nursing homes. Their training as clinical medical assistants creates a well-rounded Medical Assistant that can perform a variety of tasks both administrative and clinical. The most common task performed by the medical assistant is recording patient history and personal information, measuring vital signs (such as blood pressure), helping the physician with patient examinations, giving patients injections or medications as directed by the physician, scheduling patient appointments, drawing and preparing blood samples for laboratory tests, and entering patient information into medical records. Once a student has successfully completed the Medical Assisting Program, he or she will be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) national certification examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT). The Guam Community College is an affiliated partner with the American Medical Technologist (AMT).

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With the exception of enrollment in MS101 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).

Note: The student must have a “C” or better in all courses to receive a certificate in Medical Assisting. Students must pass each course with a “C” or better to continue toward the next course in the program. Those students who do not successfully complete a core technical of related technical requirement course will have to wait a minimum of one year for reentry. For further information, please refer to Medical Assistant Program Hand book.

Pre-requisite courses are not required for program entry, but must be completed for approval for entry into the program learning group or cohort.  When the student enters the learning group, he or she will begin the Medical Assisting Program.

Other Prerequisites:
  • Health clearance to include physical and immunizations- PPD, with the addition of a Hepatitis B vaccine or declination form.
  • Police and court clearance will be required for acceptance into Medical Assistant cohort.

General Education Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Credits

EN 110

Freshman Composition

3

MA 110A

Finite Mathematics

3

CS___

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Requirement

3-4

 

Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement

3

HL 190

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health Professionals

4

Total

19-20

Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Credits

MS 101

Introduction to Medical Assisting

3

MS 120

Clinical Medical Assisting

2

MS 121

Clinical Medical Assistant: Laboratory

2

MS 125

Clinical Medical Assisting: Clinical

1

MS 140

Administrative Medical Assisting: Theory

2

MS 141

Administrative Medical Assisting: Laboratory

2

MS 145

Administrative Medical Assisting Clinical

1

MS 160

Introduction to Pharmacology

1

MS 161

Administration of Medications: Laboratory

1

MS 180

Introduction to Clinical Laboratory

2

MS 210

Medical Assisting Critique

1

MS 220

Medical Assisting Specialties

3

MS 225

Medical Assisting Specialties Clinical

1

MS 292

Medical Assisting Practicum

5

Related Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Credits

HL 120

Medical Terminology

2

HL 131

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

1

HL 150

Study of Diseases

3

HL 202

Nutrition

3

HL 252

Pathology for Health Professions

3

MS 201

Medical Law and Ethics

2

Total

41

Program Total

60-61


Recognizing the necessity for students to succeed in the complex and rapidly changing workplace, Guam Community College offers a general education curriculum that introduces students to major areas of knowledge and methods of inquiry. All degree programs require an interdisciplinary general education component that promotes the development of intellectual skills that enable students to become effective learners and informed citizens. Critical thinking, the use of language and computation, appropriate social skills, global awareness and respect for diverse opinions are among the learning outcomes provided in the general education requirements of each program.
 
Guam Community College believes that general education provides the academic foundation necessary for students to achieve their life goals. General education is intended to offer students a breadth of quality student learning experiences, encourage their respect for cultural heritage, promote their ethical and responsible social behavior and facilitate their life-long learning.
 
The General Education program strives to foster student learning and skill development in civic engagement, critical thinking, understanding of the relationship between the individual and society, information literacy, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and written communication.
 
Guam Community College believes that high quality general education opportunities for all citizens are necessary for democratic principles and practices to exist and for a sound economy to flourish. The College continually scrutinizes the general education curriculum in order to assure that all degrees and certificates granted by the College support this vision of general education and that it serves as a means to inspire hope, opportunity and responsibility in all its constituencies.
 
Requirements for General Education follow the options described below. Students declared prior to fall 2010 will follow the requirements indicated in the applicable catalog in which they first declared their major program at the College.
 

Notes on General Education requirements

Students are advised to check the requirements for their specific programs before taking General Education courses.
Courses chosen to meet the general education requirements may not be used to meet the technical requirements of a student’s specific degree program.
 
The list contains courses with pre-requisites, so students should make their choices carefully and thoughtfully. Students may consult a counselor or an academic advisor for guidance in choosing any of the course options listed.
 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs require different levels of coursework to meet General Education requirements, please review the individual programs for more information.

 

General Education Requirements

English Composition (3 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

EN 110

Freshman Composition

3

EN 111

Writing for Research

Mathematics (3-4 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

MA 110A

Finite Mathematics

3

MA 161A

College Algebra & Trigonometry I

4

MA 161B

College Algebra & Trigonometry II

4

Natural & Physical Sciences (4-6 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

SI 101/101L

Introduction to Chemistry (3) & Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (1)

4

SI 103/103L

Introduction to Marine Biology (3) & Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory (1)

4

SI 105/105L

Introduction to Physical Geology (3) & Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory (1)

4

SI 110/110L

Environmental Biology (3) & Environmental Biology Laboratory (1)

4

SI 130A/B

Anatomy & Physiology I (3) Anatomy & Physiology II (3)

6

SI 141

Applied Physics I

4

Social &Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

SO 130

Introduction to Sociology

3

PY 120

General Psychology

PY 125

Interpersonal Relations

PY 100

Personal Adjustment

HI 121

History of World Civilization I

HI 122

History of World Civilization II

Computer Literacy (3 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

CS 151

Windows Applications

3

CS 152

Macintosh Applications

Humanities and Fine Arts (3-4 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

ASL 100

American Sign Language I

4

ASL 110

American Sign Language II

4

CH 110

Chamorro I

4

CH 111

Chamorro II

4

JA 110

Beginning Japanese I

4

JA 111

Beginning Japanese II

4

EN125

Introduction to Human Communication and Speech

3

EN 210

Introduction to Literature

3

HU 120

Pacific Cultures

3

HU 220

Guam Cultures & Legends

3

PI 101

Introduction to Philosophy

3

VC 101

Introduction to Visual Communications

3

TH 101

Introduction to the Theater

3

Minimum General Education Requirements

19




Upon successful completion of the AS in Medical Assisting program, students will be able to:
  1. Describe legal and ethical principles that affect the role of a medical assistant.                          
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in administrative medical office procedures.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in clinical procedures.
  4. Perform medical laboratory procedures.

MS220 Medical Assisting Specialties

This course provides students with the principles of advanced medical assisting techniques and procedures in an ambulatory care facility. Students will learn the principles of assisting the physician in the appraisal of the health status of patients with prescribed medical office diagnostic tests and follow-up care.  Course offering:  Fall only. 

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HL131 Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

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MS120 Clinical Medical Assisting

This course will provide basic ambulatory care concepts and principles necessary for the performance of back office duties. Students are provided with the knowledge of routine patient care and diagnostic procedures used to assess the health status of patients including vision testing, hearing testing, electrocardiography, and the knowledge to prepare the back office, equipment and supplies necessary to facilitate patient flow through the clinic and/or physician’s office.

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