Dec 14, 2018
The Medical Assistant Certificate prepares the student for employment in ambulatory health care settings, such as a physician's office or urgent care clinic. This is a career choice for those who enjoy helping others, are detail-oriented and are looking for a career that is in demand. Medical assistants are considered a valuable member of the health care team and care for patients by providing routine treatment and performing laboratory and/or office duties such as scheduling and greeting patients; insurance billing and coding; managing and maintaining medical records; obtaining and recording vital signs; interviewing patients to obtain medical histories and chief complaints; and assisting with examinations as a medical scribe. Employment as a medical assistant is favorable and is expected to continue to grow by 29% for the period 2016-2026. This is a higher than average growth rate for an occupation.
►PENDING Estimated Cost/Gainful Employment Report
The Medical Assistant Certificate program is pending accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)♦ upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
♦ Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs | 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 | 727.210.2350
Medical Assistant Certificate Applicants ►
In addition to complying with the College's general admission procedures, Medical Assistant applicants must
►have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
►have tested into Intermediate Algebra I or received a "C" or better in Beginning Algebra ;
►have satisfactory assessment scores in reading and writing and are prepared to take Composition I or successfully have completed Basic Writing and College Preparatory Reading ;
►acknowledge that it is strongly recommended that Health Care Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology I are completed prior to entering Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I ;
►have taken Health Care Medical Terminology , Anatomy & Physiology I , Document Processing I , Medical Office Procedures , Medical Insurance & Coding I and Medical Office Computing no more than 5 years prior to starting Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I . If it has more than 5 years since completion of any of these courses, the student must repeat the course(s); and
►have departmental permission from Dr. Tony Human or Vickie Kirk prior to entering Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I . (Please schedule a meeting at the beginning of spring semester prior to fall enrollment.)
Students are required to complete a physical exam and additional health requirements at their own expense, prior to entering Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I . Students must have a successful criminal background check prior to taking Medical Assisting Lab Techniques . Professional CPR and First Aid certification is required prior to taking Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II . Continuation in and graduation from the Medical Assistant program is contingent upon the student earning a minimum grade of "C" in the courses indicated in the tables below. Any credits transferred from other accredited institutions must also be a "C" or better.
►Click here for the Medical Assisting Student Handbook
Program Outcomes ►
The student will
►demonstrate professionalism in regards to ethical and responsible behavior;
►demonstrate effective interpersonal skills with patients, physicians and co-workers;
►demonstrate competent written and medical terminology skills;
►apply administrative policies and procedures effectively in the performance of duties;
►apply clinical policies and procedures effectively in the performance of duties;
►apply ethical and legal policies and procedures effectively in the performance of duties;
►adapt methods and techniques to the individual needs or capabilities of patients; and
►apply the skills, attitudes and disposition that reflect Edison State core values.
Total Credit Hours | 35