Medical Assistants are highly versatile professionals in both clinical and administrative realms. The program will provide students with a knowledge base that includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, medical billing and coding, medical office clinical assessments and procedures, patient care and education. Medical assistants will learn to effectively communicate with a wide variety of people including doctors, nurses, clients, medical billing staff, insurance representatives, and pharmacists.
The Medical Assistant Associate Degree program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program requires a separate application process.
Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
- Effectively use oral and written communication skills as they relate to a medical office environment.
- Use computer software to research and organize data for medical information systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform front office tasks such as appointment scheduling, telephone work and documentation of charges and payments.
- Demonstrate the ability to accurately perform clinical skills appropriate for a medical office setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with patients and staff in a healthcare setting.
- Critically evaluate medical office situations from multiple perspectives to find appropriate solutions.
The program will culminate the theory, clinical and lab skills in a practicum experience in a physician’s office.
Upon graduation, the student may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination given by the American Medical Technologists, the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) examination given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), and the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) examination given by the National Healthcareer Association. Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
After two years of operation, the Medical Assistant Programs will become eligible to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org/, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), http://maerb.org.
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