The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.
Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.
Graduates of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited medical assisting program may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2012 through 2016 is 82.2%. Employment opportunities include physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.
Potential applicants should follow the admissions requirements and specific deadlines available through the college admissions office. Suggested High School courses for individuals desiring a career as a Medical Assistant include advanced biology, algebra, keyboarding/computer applications.
As of January 2001 administration of the AAMA certification examination, applicants that have been found guilty of a felony or pleaded guilty to a felony will not be eligible to sit for the certification examination. Students may request the opportunity to submit written evidence/request for a hearing before the certifying board of the AAMA in order to obtain a waiver.