Certificate of Completion | 910 Clock Hours
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The Clinical Medical Assisting Program will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently perform the duties of a medical assistant as defined by local and national standards, and be prepared to complete a national certification exam.
Medical assistants are trained primarily to work in doctors’ offices and other ambulatory care clinics as an integral member of the allied health care delivery team.
Students will be trained in both the administrative and clinical areas of medical assisting so that they may work to keep the offices and clinics of numerous health professionals running smoothly under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. The curriculum will allow the students to gain competency in cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies. The program will be offered in a flexible open entry / open exit format.
Instruction will be achieved in a Competency Based Education format with a combination of online, classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities that will include experience in an ambulatory healthcare facility. Students must demonstrate proficiency by passing all courses and competencies required in the program before being placed in a clinical site for the externship. Students complete a 165 hour unpaid clinical externship at a health care facility contracted with the college. Students are required to provide the externship coordinator evidence of completion of these hours and satisfactory performance signed by the clinical supervisor.
Upon successful completion of the coursework and externship at a satisfactory rate of 80% or better and receipt of all necessary documentation the student will receive the Certificate of Completion.
For state and national occupation information, visit http://online.onetcenter.org/find/ and enter the following O*Net code(s):
- 31-9092.00 Medical Assistants
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 29 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/satts/cost-financial-aid.aspx
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information.
Program Entry Requirements
Keyboarding 40 wpm
Current Immunization Status for: Tdap, MMR, Two-Step TB, Hep B (series completed and titer prior to externship), Varicella, Influenza
Minimum age 16 years (must be 18 for externship)
Student must have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible to sit for the national certification exam that is a required component of this program.
Required Courses (910 Clock Hours)
Time to Completion
Estimated 910 clock hours.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes in brackets.
- Students identify professions and roles in healthcare and demonstrate professionalism. [1,2,4,5,7]
- Students apply concepts of effective communication and cultural competence. [1,2,4,5,7]
- Students utilize concepts related to legal and ethical areas of healthcare. [1,2,4,7]
- Students demonstrate front office administrative functions performed in an ambulatory healthcare setting. [1,2,4,5,7,9]
- Students utilize techniques related to applied microbiology, infection control, OSHA, and CDC guidelines. [1,2,4,7]
- Students perform clinical procedures and patient education within the scope of practice of medical assistants working in an ambulatory healthcare setting. [1,2,4,5,7,8]
- Students demonstrate skills in phlebotomy and laboratory procedures performed in healthcare settings, including AHA Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid. [1,2,3,4,7]
- Students employ pharmacologic theory, calculate medication dosages, and demonstrate medication administration. [1,2,3,4,7]
- Students perform financial procedures using applied mathematics and finance practices. [1,2,3,4,7]
- Students complete insurance and managed care processes, including application of procedural and diagnostic coding. [1,2,4,7,8,9]
- Students utilize elements of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology in each of the body systems and their associated pathologies. [1,2,4,7]
- Students prepare for and complete industry certification testing. [1,3,4,7]
- Students demonstrate mastery of job seeking skills and customer relations. [1,2,4,5,7,8,9]
- Students perform medical assisting skills within their scope of practice proficiently within community partner’s facilities and with their oversight. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]