Medical Assistant Technology

The program prepares multi-skilled professionals to assist physicians in the office, clinic, or in a variety of other medical settings.  Medical assistants have the knowledge necessary to help the physician with patient care examinations and treatments, and to handle the administrative needs unique to a health care office.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistant Technology is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States.  In recent years, the many changes in the health care delivery system have resulted in a wide variety of "other clan hospital" options for individuals seeking medical services and treatment which have opened opportunities for Medical Assistants.

Upon completion of the Program, the graduate will receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Medical Assistant Technology and may also become a Certified Medical Assistant by successfully completing the National Certification Board Examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants - AAMA (www.aama-ntl.org).

Why major in Medical Assistant Technology?

This program can lead to careers in physician offices, medical clinics, insurance companies and more. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You would like to work in a healthcare setting performing a variety of tasks.
  • You are a person who enjoys clinical work, organization and multi-tasking.
  • You would like to assist a physician in an ambulatory care facility.

Information:

 

Available Programs

For program specific information click on the program below:

Associate of Applied Science
Medical Assistant Technology

Medical assistants are multi-skilled professionals who assist physicians with the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care.

The Medical Assistant Technology program is designed to be completed in four (4) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses. The student will be required to complete 420 hours of unpaid practicum during their second year of the program. Note: A complete physical examination, specific immunizations, and personal health insurance are required, at the student's expense, prior to enrolling in the practicum component of the curriculum.

The graduate is eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Medical Office Receptionist

The Medical Office Receptionist certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the medical office environment performing scheduling, monitoring patient appointments, out-patient procedures, medical and office equipment maintenance, storing supplies and pharmaceuticals. The program is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of medical language and documentation.

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Reimbursement Specialist

The Reimbursement Specialist short-term certificate prepares students to work in a billing office for medical providers. The certificate will focus on preparing students to take the national certification examination to earn the credential Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) offered by the American Medical Billing Association (AMBA). Students will be expected to complete a practicum experience to obtain this certificate, gaining work and hands-on medical billing skills.

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Accreditation

The Sinclair Community College Medical Assistant Technology Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs - C.A.A.H.E.P (www.caahep.org) on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Program Outcomes

  • The Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College has a job placement average of 87% over the past five years.
  • Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College are satisfied with the education they receive at Sinclair, as there is a 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.
  • Employers who hire graduates who have completed the Medical Assisting program at Sinclair report a five-year average of 100% satisfaction.
  • The Medical Assisting program at Sinclair has an average retention rate of 78% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
  • The five-year average passage rate on the national certification exam for medical assistants for first-time test takers is 92%.


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