Certificate in Medical Assisting
- Requires TWO semesters- 29 semester hours of coursework
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Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
- Requires FOUR semesters- 60 semester hours of coursework
- Click on Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting at right for more information.
Courses in Medical Assisting prepare the student to work in many different settings such as physician's offices, clinics and group practices. Because Medical Assistants are multi-skilled, they can perform both administrative and clinical procedures making them valuable in health care. As managed care compels physicians to contain costs and manage human resources more efficiently, the demand for medical assistants is rising.
MA Program Details
Courses should be taken in the order prescribed in the curriculum. A grade of "C" or higher is required for satisfactory completion of all MDCA/HITT/RNSG courses. A student receiving a grade lower than "C" in an MDCA/HITT/RNSG course will be required to repeat that course. A student will not be allowed more than a TOTAL of three(3) final grades of "D" or "F" in any MDCA/HITT/RNSG course or courses. When a student receives a THIRD semester grade of "D" or lower in any MDCA/HITT/RNSG course or combination of courses- the student will be permanently dismissed from the program.
Students will complete practicum rotations (MDCA 1360, 2264) at local hospitals and clinics as assigned by instructors. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA AND have a grade of "C" or better in all previously attempted MDCA/HITT/RNSG courses to be assigned to clinical rotations. Transportation to and from the clinical site is the responsibility of the student. An updated immunization record, physical, and drug screen will be required prior to participation in clinical rotations. Cost of these requirements is the responsibility of the student.
Additionally, students will be required to complete CPR training and be subject to a criminal background check prior to beginning clinicals/practicums (CPR and background cost are included in Clinical Course fees). Any prior criminal offenses may disqualify the student from proceeding into practicums. Decisions on previous offenses are made on a case by case basis and the final decision will lie with the program director and Dean of Health Sciences.
More information on the above policies, as well as further information on the MA program can be found in the Medical Technologies Student Handbook (new Aug 2016) which can be linked to on the this page.