Medical Assistant (MA) Program Description
This Medical Assistant program is an evening program taught over three (3) semesters and will prepare students for entry-level positions in ambulatory health care settings such as physician offices and outpatient clinics. This program will focus on skills and knowledge to perform competently in both the clinical and the administrative areas of healthcare including obtaining vital signs, preparing and administering medications, performing laboratory procedures, utilizing the electronic medical record, scheduling appointments, performing diagnostic and procedural medical coding, and adhering to safety and emergency procedures.
Courses included in the program may be offered in full-term (15 weeks) semesters in the fall, spring, and summer. There will be a weekly face-to-face meeting. Homework is assigned using our Learning Management System (LMS) making up no more than 50% of the course. This program is not an online program and no lab hours are obtained via online work. During the last semester, students will participate in a 160-hour unpaid practicum in a physician’s office. Upon completion of the program, students will pursue a credential by sitting for a national certification examination.
The Medical Assistant program is designed for students pursuing an education and career in healthcare. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong growth for medical assistants nationally through 2024. There is an increased demand for credentialed Medical Assistants to work in ambulatory facilities locally and nationally and students who complete the Medical Assistant program are eligible to sit for a credentialing examination recognized by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Medical Assistant program consists of 30 semester credit hours. The first 27 credit hours will be delivered by lecture, laboratory, hybrid, and simulation methodologies. The remaining three (3) credits will be earned by completion of a 160-hour unpaid practicum in a primary care office. Note: Practicum hours are completed during daytime hours, usually 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is prepared to seek certification through nationally recognized agencies.
Medical Assistant Program Sample Curriculum Plan
|Total 30 Credit Hours
First Semester(Fall or Spring Semester)
|ALH 150||Clinical Procedures I||3|
|ALH 105||Medical Office Procedures I||3|
|ALH 110||Medical Terminology||3|
|MTH 107||Math for Health Sciences||3|
|Second Semester (Fall or Spring Semester)|
|ALH 151||Clinical Procedures II||3|
|ALH 152||Clinical Procedures III||3|
|ALH 106||Medical Office Procedures II||3|
|BIO 101||Human Biology||3|
|Third Semester (Spring or Summer Semester)|
|ALH 199||Medical Assisting Practicum||3|
|PSY 103||Intro to Psychology||3|