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.
The Medical Assistant program is offered exclusively at the Edison State at Troy location.
The Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)♦ upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
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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 MTH 093D Math Literacy or received a "C" or better in MTH 093D ;
►have satisfactory assessment scores in reading and writing and are prepared to take Composition I or successfully have completed Developmental Reading and Writing ;
►acknowledge that it is strongly recommended that Introduction to Health Care , Health Care Medical Terminology , and Human Biology are completed prior to entering Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I ;
►have taken Health Care Medical Terminology , Human Biology , Document Processing I , Medical Office Procedures , and Medical Insurance & Coding I 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 the Dean of Professional and Technical Programs or the Medical Assistant Instructor/program director 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.
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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.