Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession whose practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. Administrative and business function skills taught include: scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, correspondence, insurance materials, and computer use. Clinical and medical function skills taught include: assisting with examinations, treatments and minor surgery, performing office testing and laboratory procedures, preparing and maintaining examination and treatment rooms, and sterilizing and caring for instruments and equipment.
The Central Community College Medical Assisting 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), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are encouraged to take the AAMA certification exam. Please contact the medical assisting program director for more information.
Student Learning Outcomes
Medical Assisting graduates are prepared to:
- Work as a member of the health care team utilizing ethical principles, confidentiality, instruction for health promotion, and disease prevention.
- Perform the administrative skills in the operation of the medical office.
- Perform the clinical skills in the operation of the medical office.
A medical assistant is an integral member of the health care delivery team. Graduates are qualified by education and experience to find employment in an ambulatory medical setting both in the administrative area (front office and clinical area (back office). The medical assistant is a vital liaison between the health care provider and patient. Multi-skilled training assures a fast moving and challenging career. The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) http://www.aama-ntl.org/index states medical assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following: Predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities, technological advancements, and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment.
Admission to the medical assisting program is selective. Applicants are required to have a college application on file in the registrar's office. Applicants must provide proof of one of the following: a minimum ACT score of 19 or above in all subcategories, or an ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, ASSET evaluation showing no prescriptive courses required, or college transcripts showing completion of no less than 12 hours of college level mathematics, English, or health science based course(s) with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. The applicant must also meet Essential Functions and complete an admissions interview with the program director. For more detailed information on the admissions process, please contact the program director.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided on the college website (www.cccneb.edu). A student's final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, prior college experiences, course availability, transfer requirements, program admission requirements, and special areas of interest. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.
- Immunizations are required, see program director for the specific immunizations needed.
- Additional program costs will be required for uniforms, a stethoscope, student-in practicum insurance, a background check, drug test and CPR Training.
- A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all medical assisting program required courses.
- Students are required to complete a background check and drug testing (at student's expense). Admission to the program is contingent on the results of the check.
- Required to earn a "C" or above for all courses needed for graduation including general education courses.
Associate of Applied Science