This two-year program prepares students to be multi-tasked members of the health care team in a clinic, physician’s office or other medical facilities. Administrative competencies train the students in medical and legal issues, professionalism, communication skills, safety, medical equipment maintenance, computing, bookkeeping, and in medical office skills. Clinical competencies train the student to work in direct patient care. Students are trained to handle specimens, draw blood, give medications, and give immunizations. Clinical classes include anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, laboratory procedures, electrocardiology, and phlebotomy. Students will have the opportunity to become certified phlebotomists.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Endowment accredits the Medical Assisting program.
Before enrolling in the MDCA 1266 (Practicum) and MDCA 1460 (Clinical), students must provide proof of CPR certification at the professional level (American Heart Association Professional Level or American Red Cross Basic Life Support Level) and First Aid for Health Care Providers. Students enrolled in the practicum course and clinical course must also provide evidence of a current physical examination, tuberculin test, and specified immunizations. Additional information on this requirement is provided at the program orientation. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus practicum and clinical learning sites. Special uniforms are required for clinical and practicum courses. Uniforms must be in accordance with provided guidelines for the program. Students must purchase uniforms at their own expense.
In order to complete the requirements for progression and graduation, students enrolled in this program must have a grade of “C” or better in all specialized courses. The term “specialized courses” refers to all courses carrying the prefix of the program in which the student is majoring or the prefix of another health-related discipline.
Students satisfactorily completing this curriculum are qualified to sit for the National Certified Medical Assisting examination. The Medical Assisting Program’s Medical Advisor is Dr. M. Tai Lam.
Advanced Standing: Certified Medical Assistants may apply for advanced standing credit toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree. See program coordinator for more information.