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 315 hours of unpaid practicum during their second year of the program. Note: A complete physical examination and specific immunizations 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).
Advanced experience in a physician's office, involving structured observations and unpaid participation in the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician, assisting with specialized clinical procedures, performing electrocardiograms, venipunctures and basic laboratory tests and advanced office management skills. One classroom, fourteen practicum hours per week.
Introduction to the ambulatory care clinical setting involving structured observation and unpaid participation in the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician or certified medical assistant, assisting with patient preparation, physical examination, scheduling appointments, bookkeeping tasks. One classroom, fourteen practicum hours per week.