Medical Assisting Certificate
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work primarily in ambulatory care settings, such as physician’s offices, clinics and outpatient care centers under the direct supervision of physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Medical assistants perform both administrative and clinical duties.
Students must complete the following admission procedure:
Minimum grade of C- is required for all courses with an overall 2.00 GPA or higher for certificate completion.
Courses in Medical Assisting Procedures (Clinical I & II and Administrative I & II) can only be taken by students admitted to the Medical Assisting Program. The Practicum serves as the capstone and can be taken only after other program requirements are completed. Accreditation standards require the practicum to be unpaid.
|Minimum Credit Hours||35|
|Written Communication Skills|
|WRTG S111||Writing Across Contexts||3|
|PSY S101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or PSY S250||Lifespan Development|
|HS S102||Fundamentals of CPR and First Aid 1||1|
|HS S114||Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|HS S116||Quantitative Methods in Healthcare||3|
|HS S133||Medical Assisting Procedures: Administrative I||4|
|HS S135||Medical Terminology||3|
|HS S142||Medical Assisting Procedures: Clinical I||4|
|HS S233||Medical Assisting Procedures: Administrative II||4|
|HS S242||Medical Assting Procedures: Clinical II||4|
|HS S294A||(Medical Assisting Practicum) 2||4|
This course is waived with a current first aid and provider level CPR.
Course Description: Provides 180 hours of uncompensated, supervised work in a medical clinic for medical assisting students. Students will work alongside their preceptor to observe the required duties of a Medical Assistant in the healthcare setting, and apply learned principles, skills and knowledge required in private medical offices and clinics by performing equivalent tasks as final preparation for employment in the field. Learning is enhanced by online discussions, assignments and examinations. This is the last course in the Medical Assisting Certificate program. Prerequisite: HS S133, HS S142, HS S233, HS S242, current immunizations and TB test, first aid and provider-level CPR card, and instructor permission required. All applicable cognitive objectives and psychomotor and affective competencies must be achieved prior to the start of the practicum.