Certificate in Medical Assisting
- Requires THREE semesters- 41 semester hours of coursework
- View the Medical Assisting Certificate for more information!
- Completion of program allows students to sit for natioanl exams: Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified PhlebotomyTechnician (CPT) from National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
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.
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/HPRS/PLAB courses. A student receiving a grade lower than "C" in an MDCA/HITT/HPRS/PLAB 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/HPRS/PLAB course or courses. When a student receives a THIRD semester grade of "D" or lower in any MDCA/HITT/HPRS/PLAB 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/HPRS/PLAB 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.