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    Jan 24, 2022  
2018-2019 | Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 | Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant Certificate

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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

Accreditation ►
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 program director Yvonne Koors 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.

Semester 1

  ALH 101S Introduction to Health Care     1     ►Students without one year of high school chemistry must take CHM 110S prior to BIO 125S.
►Students who cannot demonstrate basic keyboarding skills must take OHA 100S before entering this program.
  ALH 151S Health Care Medical Terminology     3    
  BIO 125S Anatomy & Physiology I   4    
  MED 120S Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I     3 C  
  OHA 111S Document Processing I   3 C  
  Credit Hours 14    

Semester 2

  MED 150S Medical Assisting Lab Techniques    3 C   ►Student to meet with advisor to identify internship and review student education plan to ensure graduation readiness.
  MED 220S Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II   3 C  
  OHA 230S Medical Office Procedures   3 C  
  OHA 233S Medical Insurance & Coding I   3 C  
  OHA 252S Medical Office Computing   3 C  
  Credit Hours 15    

Semester 3

  COM 121S Fundamentals of Communication    3     ►Student to submit graduation application.
  MED 291L Medical Assisting Internship   2 C  
  MED 291R Medical Assisting Internship Seminar   1 C  
  Credit Hours 6    

Total Credit Hours | 35

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