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2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Medical Assisting, AAS


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Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in hospitals and ambulatory care settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices, performing administrative and clinical procedures. This program will prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Career Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Performance Standards

The following performance standards are necessary to safely and accurately carry out medical assisting duties:

  • Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment,
  • Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces,
  • Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment,
  • Ability to prepare and administer medications,
  • Ability to transfer patients,
  • Ability to read medication labels and patient records,
  • Ability to take blood pressure and hear breath sounds through a stethoscope,
  • Communicate English clearly enough for most patients to understand and understand the verbal communication of English-speaking patients,
  • Clear written communication, and
  • Manual dexterity.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to do:

  1. Describe the structure and function of the human body and recognize common disorders associated with each body system.
  2. Demonstrate competence in clinical duties associated with assisting healthcare providers in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in an ambulatory setting.
  3. Apply the legal concepts and ethical responsibilities associated with patient care and the documentation of health information.
  4. Display professionalism with interpersonal situations and business functions.
  5. Apply principles of equipment and facility maintenance.
  6. Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers, including effective patient instruction on health topics.
  7. Demonstrate competence in performing administrative duties and maintaining accurate medical practice finances.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in computer operations and applications relative to patient care and the management of a medical office.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to solve problems through proper means of analysis / synthesis and application of rational, systemic and logical thinking.

Admission Requirements for the Program:

  • Course placement Algebra score at the MTH090 level or successful completion of MTH090.
  • High School Biology and Chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher or BIO101 Principles of Biology with a “C” grade or higher.
  • ACCUPLACER testing. Complete any developmental courses needed.
  • GPA 2.0 or higher.

Requirements prior to enrollment in Externship:

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider+ First Aid
BCI/FBI Background Check
Health Insurance Coverage
Medical/Immunization Form
Signed Confidentiality Statement
Clinical agencies may require a drug screen with negative results.

Note: Students shall not receive compensation or payment, monetary or otherwise, for the externship/practicum experience.

Accreditation

The Medical Assisting program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 - 113th St. N., #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210- 2350
www.caahep.org

 

Total Credits: 16-17


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Total Credits: 15


Total Credits: 15


Total Program Hours 61-62


+ Students must attain a 2.00 grade point average in these technical courses to graduate.

Felony Conviction Disclosure

Previous conviction of a felony may prevent an applicant from being eligible for the certification exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants. “Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony or pleaded guilty to a felony are not eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistants exam. However, the certifying board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances.”

Background Check

A positive criminal background check or drug screen requires a conference with the Dean of Nurisng & Allied Health to determine whether the student can be admitted and/or continue in the Medical Assisting Program.

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