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Medical Assistants are in very high demand in the modern field of healthcare. Continuously changing regulations in the industry place increasing pressure upon healthcare providers and facilities. This means that physicians need qualified medical assistants to help with many of the daily duties of the office. Medical Assistants are vital members of the team and work to administer medications, assist with minor procedures, obtain laboratory specimens, perform electrocardiograms, provide patient information, and much more. If you have an interest in entering the field of healthcare and want a career you can train for quickly, becoming a Medical Assistant is an ideal choice for you.

Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate of Proficiency

The Administrative Medical Assistant (AMA) healthcare program prepares a graduate to work as a valuable aid in the non-medical aspects of the physician practice by completing patient-related paperwork, appointment scheduling, filing records, handling insurance, performing billing, coding and bookkeeping responsibilities.  Instruction includes communication with patients, medical law and ethics, and computerized medical records management. 

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Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate of Proficiency

The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) healthcare program prepares a graduate to work as a valuable aid to complete many of the routine tasks involved in patient care in outpatient clinics or offices, specialty clinics, or hospitals. Students in the CMA program learn to record vital signs, assist with examinations, and explain treatments or tests, administer medications, obtain laboratory specimens, perform electrocardiograms, and sterilize equipment. Students learn to maintain the exam rooms and supply specialty areas.

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Medical Assistant Technical Certificate

The Medical Assistant healthcare program prepares a graduate to work in hospital and outpatient clinic settings.  Medical Assistants perform both administrative and clinical duties under the direction of physicians and licensed staff in their offices or other medical settings. The Medical Assistant program is a one-year Technical Certificate degree program. This program offers the student a broad foundation in basic medical assisting skills including skills lab and practicum hours in a medical setting under the supervision of clinic personnel and the college program director. Both clinical and administrative components of the role are addressed. Basic medical assistant training and education consist of learning experiences in communication skills and patient relations, medical law and ethics, patient intake, medical record and privacy practices, examination room procedures, assisting with minor surgery procedures, clinical lab skills and general clinic office practices including basic medical coding and billing. 

 

Courses and Requirements Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate of Proficiency Academic Plan

Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate of Proficiency Academic Plan

Medical Assistant — Clinical and Administrative Technical Certificate Academic Plan

 

Learning Outcomes

Administrative Medical Assistant

  • AMA graduates perform medical office appointment scheduling for new and established patients, referrals, diagnostic test or procedure scheduling, and perform general office procedures including professional communication and correct medical terminology with patients, healthcare providers and staff.
  • AMA graduates demonstrate patient intake procedures, insurance and benefit verification, and knowledge of basic coding, recognizing OSHA and Medicare/Medicaid services guidelines.
  • Graduates prepare and file patient medical records electronically and in paper formats, following HIPAA Guidelines, assuring privacy and security of protected health information.
  • Graduates perform financial procedures regarding insurance co-payments, creating statements, bookkeeping and basic computer skills, and explain patient’s Bill of Rights and provide education regarding consents, insurance billing and procedures and follow-up.

Medical Assistant

  • Graduates of the Medical Assisting program complete both the Administrative Medical Assistant and Clinical Medical Assistant programs, combining the required courses for each certificate of proficiency.

  • Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are prepared to take the national certification exam for both administrative and clinical components.

  • Graduates of the Medical Assistant Program will be proficient in the program learning outcomes for both administrative and clinical medical assistant curricula:

    • AMA graduates perform medical office appointment scheduling for new and established patients, referrals, diagnostic test or procedure scheduling, and perform general office procedures including professional communication and correct medical terminology with patients, healthcare providers and staff.

    • AMA graduates demonstrate patient intake procedures, insurance and benefit verification, and knowledge of basic coding, recognizing OSHA and Medicare/Medicaid services guidelines.

    • Graduates prepare and file patient medical records electronically and in paper formats, following HIPAA Guidelines, assuring privacy and security of protected health information.

    • Graduates perform financial procedures regarding insurance co-payments, creating statements, bookkeeping and basic computer skills, and explain patient’s Bill of Rights and provide education regarding consents, insurance billing and procedures and follow-up

Clinical Medical Assistant

  • Graduates of the Clinical Medical Assistant program will demonstrate skills for assisting healthcare providers in an outpatient clinical setting giving direct patient care assistance.

  • Graduates will demonstrate competence in preparing patients for tests, procedures and examinations and performing vital sign documentation common to the outpatient clinic setting. The graduate will also perform CLIA-waived laboratory procedures and simple office procedures within the scope of the CMA role.

  • Graduates will exhibit patient safety in the clinic setting, using universal, standard precautions to prevent disease transmission, recognize and respond to emergencies, and administer select medications under the direction of the physician or nurse.

  • Graduates will use correct medical terminology to communicate and document care, manage patient records, obtain patient history and insurance data using electronic health record (technology) and will demonstrates competency in basic diagnostic and procedural coding.

  • Graduates will exhibit lawful and ethical care; assuring patient rights, maintenance of safety in the healthcare environment, following chain of custody procedures and reporting illegal or unsafe practices to proper authorities.