The Certified Medical Assistant is one of the most sought after careers in the healthcare field as a result of the diversity in the skill preparation. The Medical Assistant’s skills are utilized in both the administrative and clinical aspects of the medical office. Phlebotomy, medication administration and surgical assisting are among the many clinical skills acquired in the Medical Assisting Program. Some of the administrative skills a Medical Assistant may perform are: health insurance coding and billing, insurance processing, patient scheduling and the entering of data into the Electronic Medical Record.
The Glen Oaks Community College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Programs is located at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350.
Graduates of the accredited program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Passing the examination allows the graduate to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA-AAMA). The Medical Assistant can further his or her education by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health. The Medical Assistant Certificate is a competency-based program of study.
NOTE: Placement Evaluation required prior to admission into the Medical Assistant program:
- Placement into BUS 111 Contemporary Business & Technical Communications
- Placement into MATH 100 Introductory Algebra or higher or meet corresponding ACT/SAT scores
Required Coursework (36 Credit Hours)
|ALH 205 Pharmacology for Health Occupations*||3 credits|
|ALH 218 Medical Terminology*||3 credits|
|ALH 222 Disease Conditions*||3 credits|
|ALH 230 Medical Office Laboratory Procedures*||4 credits|
|ALH 232 Administrative I – Medical Office Procedures*||4 credits|
|ALH 233 Administrative II – Advanced Medical Office Procedures*||4 credits|
|ALH 235 Medical Assistant Clinical I*||3 credits|
|ALH 236 Medical Assistant Clinical II*||3 credits|
|ALH 238 Medical Assistant Practicum*||3 credits|
|ALH 250 Medical Law & Bioethics*||3 credits|
|ALH 290 CMA Exam Review*||3 credits|
|Minimum Hours Required:||36 credits|
| *Course has a prerequisite/placement evaluation
- The student will make application for Medical Assistant Certificate program to the Medical Assisting Program Chair. A guided pathway is then planned with the student for successful completion of the program.
- The student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in order to enter the clinical portion of the program. No grade can be lower than 2.0. A 2.5 GPA in clinical courses, ALH 230, 235 and 236 and administrative courses, ALH 232 and 233 must be achieved and special behavioral grading criteria must be met.
- Qualification for the practicum requires the student to have completed with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. ALH 290 – Medical Assistant Certification Exam Review is taken concurrently with the practicum and includes completing the Certification Exam for Medical Assisting.
Effective: Fall 2015
Medical Assistant Accreditation
The Glen Oaks Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350. www.caahep.org
The goal of the Glen Oaks Community College Medical Assistant Program is to prepare competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.