Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Medical Assistant

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Certificate (419.1)

This certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions as a medical assistant in a physician's office, clinic or other healthcare setting. Medical assistants work with physicians of all specialties performing clinical and administrative duties. They assist with examinations and treatments, perform routine laboratory procedures, maintain medical records, complete insurance forms, arrange for diagnostic procedures, handle correspondence, transcribe notes and perform bookkeeping. Students graduating from this program will demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the profession. The program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains using classroom instruction with laboratory experience. The program includes a 160-hour, non-paid clinical externship.

Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Students must be eligible for second-level developmental courses and have 40 words per minute typing proficiency.

A felony conviction may affect a student's eligibility to enroll in the clinical externship and the graduate's ability to take the national examination which is required to practice as a Medical Assistant.

A student must maintain a 2.0 college-level cumulative GPA to enter and remain in the program.

The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). CAAHEP is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 (727.210.2350) www.caahep.org.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the national examination for the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Perform clinical procedures related to patient examinations and assist the physician throughout the exam.      
  2. Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to industry standards.
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  4. Perform administrative functions related to medical business practices.
  5. Display behavior in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 35

First Semester

Course #Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

CIT-100

Computer Fundamentals & Applications

3

MDA-104

Administrative Medical Office Management

4

MDA-105

Clinical Medical Assisting 1

5

MDA-208

Medical Financial Management

3

 

Total Credits

18

Second Semester

MDA-101 

Medical Transcription

3

MDA-103

Medical Assisting Seminar

3

MDA-106

Clinical Medical Assisting 2

5

MDA-107

Laboratory Procedures for the Medical Office  

3

 

Total Credits

14

Summer

MDA-108     

Medical Assistant Externship

3

 

Total Credits

3