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Medical Assistant Certificate

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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

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

 

 

Employment Information

Apply your certificate toward a degree

This certificate can be applied toward
the Associate of Applied Science in
Allied Health degree, for those seeking
increased responsibilities, supervisory
roles and health care office management
in physician offices, health care clinics,
hospital-based clinics, hospitals and small
health care businesses.

Medical assistants help physicians and other health care professionals examine and treat patients, as well as perform routine tasks needed to keep a medical office running efficiently. They measure vital signs, help patients feel comfortable in the doctor’s office, document patient history, and often explain the doctor’s instructions.

Jobs are available in physician offices, hospitals, outpatient or health care facilities, such as specialty offices and clinics. Work ranges from answering phones, greeting patients and scheduling appointments to taking medical histories, performing basic laboratory tests and administering medications, assisting the physician with minor surgical procedures, and removing sutures and changing dressings.

Requirements of the role include knowledge of medical terminology, communication skills, technical skills and office management skills. The ability to maintain confidentiality is a must, as medical assistants deal with sensitive patient data.


Program Information

The goal of this program is to prepare entry-level medical assistants who are competent in both administrative and clinical duties. The 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).

The Medical Assistant Certificate is diverse and flexible. Graduates are eligible for national certification and can become certified medical assistants (CMA-AAMA).

Is this for me?

Consider a career in medical assisting if you enjoy helping people during stressful times in their lives and can move seamlessly between being hands-on with patients and handling phones and paperwork.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 median salary for medical assistants was $31,540 per year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth in employment of medical assistants of 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. Medical assistants who earn certification and have familiarity with electronic health records (EHRs) may have better job prospects.


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.

 

 

Guided Pathway

 

  1. Register for admission to the college
  2. Declare Medical Assistant Program interest; (students are not considered to be in the Medical Assistant Program certificate completion rotation until they have met all course requirements to enter the Fall semester clinical courses: ALH 230 and ALH 235 as below)
  3. Meet Placement Evaluation in basic math and English criteria:
    1. Placement in BUS 111 Contemporary Business and Technical Communications
    2. Placement in MATH 060 Basic Mathematics Skills or higher
    3. OR meet Corresponding ACT/SAT scores
    4. No course may be transferred into the Medical Assistant program that contains AAMA core competencies. No experiential credit is awarded.
    5. Meet with Medical Assistant Program chair to plan a guided pathway for successful completion of the program.
  4. If course placement criteria not met, student may enroll in appropriate remedial course/s to bring skill level up to criteria.
  5. Complete course prerequisite: (minimum of 2.0 required)
    1. ALH 218 Medical Terminology
  6. The Medical Assistant Program may be completed, as outlined below, in three semesters beginning in the fall. A student may choose to take courses over a longer period of time and enter the clinical portion of the program after those are completed. Courses that may be taken before the clinical portion of the program include: ALH 222 Disease Conditions, ALH 232 Administrative I, ALH 233 Administrative II, and ALH 250 Medical Law and Bioethics. These courses are a part of other ALH certificates and if successfully passed may be brought into the Medical Assisting Certificate.

 

Clinical Portion
Program capped for entry at this point at 20 students
 

Fall semester:
Student declares Medical Assistant Program for certificate completion and meets all prior GPA criteria (Minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained at each entry level, no grade can be lower than 2.0)

ALH 230, 232, 233, 235 & 236 must each be passed with a minimum of 2.5 (80%) and special professional behavioral grading criteria must be met.

  1. ALH 230 – Medical Office Laboratory Procedures
  2. ALH 232 – Administrative I (this course may be taken along with prerequisites or other non-clinical courses)
  3. ALH 235 – Medical Assistant Clinical I
  4. ALH 250 – Medical Law and Bioethics (this course may be taken along with prerequisites or other non-clinical courses)

 

Winter semester:
Student meets all prior GPA criteria (minimum of 2.5 required for program completion-no grade can be lower than 2.0)

Clinical courses must each be passed with a minimum of 2.5 (80%) and special behavioral grading criteria must be met.

  1. ALH 205 – Pharmacology
  2. ALH 222 – Disease Conditions (this course may be taken along with prerequisites or other non-clinical courses)
  3. ALH 233 – Administrative II (this course may be taken along with prerequisites or other non-clinical courses)
  4. ALH 236 – Medical Assistant Clinical II

 

Summer Semester:
Student meets all prior GPA criteria (AN OVERALL GPA OF 2.5 with instructor recommendations required for practicum placement – no grade can be lower than 2.0)

  1. Complete Practicum Preparations
  2. Complete ALH 238 Medical Assistant Practicum – 200 hours in a physician office (minimum of 2.5 required for course completion)
  3. Must take ALH 290 Medical Assistant Exam Review concurrently (minimum of 2.5 required for course completion and completion of the National Medical Assisting Certification Exam is a course requirement)
  4. Students may be chosen by GPA to continue on for PBT practicum
  5. Apply for graduation certificates and/or degrees in the Student Services Department. May also print the form online.
 

 


 

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