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Medical Assistant, Associate of Applied Science


  • Academic Year: 2019-2020
  • Division / Department: Health Professions / Certified Medical Assistant
  • Degree Code: MDCA.AAS
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The Certified Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). Certification is obtained through the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

The Certified

Medical Assistant program curriculum leads to a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is designed to provide the student with skills and knowledge applicable to a wide range of medical assisting office and clinical settings. Career enhancements in addition to the A.A.S. degree include certificates in phlebotomy, certified nurse aide, certified medication aide, medical coding and insurance, medical transcription, and medical office assistant. The course work is intended to provide a foundation for further specialization in nursing or allied health professions.

A grade point average of at least 2.0 in each major course in the technical curriculum and a minimum grade average of C or better in all Certified Medical Assistant courses will qualify the student to receive the Associate of Applied Science degree. A minimum grade of C or better is required for other courses in the curriculum as prerequisites for Certified Medical Assistant courses.

Students in the Certified Medical Assistant program have five academic years to complete the technical curriculum after official enrollment in the first program course.

No more than one program course may be repeated, and that course may be repeated only once during the five-year time period. Failure of two program courses, or failure of one course twice, will cause the student to become ineligible to re-enroll in the Certified Medical Assistant program.

Marketable Skills:

Graduates from the Medical Assistant program will be able to:

1. Work under the direction and supervision of a Medical Doctor in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner;

2. Implement a comprehensive plan of care developed by a Physician;

3. Communicate regularly and professionally with the supervising physician about the patient's progress and the potential need for modification of the plan of care by the physician according to changes in patient status;

4. Perform appropriate data collection techniques within the knowledge and limits of practice of the assistant to assist the supervising physician in monitoring and modifying the plan of care;

5. Interact with patients and families in a manner which provides the desired psychosocial support including the recognition of cultural and socioeconomic differences;

6. Participate in the teaching of other health care providers, patients and families;

7. Accurately and precisely document relevant aspects of patient treatment;

8. Participate in healthcare planning and follow-up care;

9. Demonstrate effective written, oral and nonverbal communication with patients and their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.

10. Work in a manner that reflects an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the CMA within the healthcare delivery system;

11. Integrate into practice the knowledge gained utilizing evidence based practice reviews of current professional and medical literature;

12. Participate in continuing development of knowledge and skills.

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized) 4 hours
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 2 hours
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3 hours
POFT 1393 Special Topics: Introduction to Keyboarding 3 hours
Total hours:15 hours

Semester I

ENGL 1301 Composition I or
POFT 1301 Business English 1
This course may be eligible for articulation through the statewide ATC program. Check with your high school counselor for more information.
3 hours
BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized) 4 hours
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 1
This course may be eligible for articulation through the statewide ATC program. Check with your high school counselor for more information.
or
HITT 1205 Medical Terminology I 1
This course may be eligible for articulation through the statewide ATC program. Check with your high school counselor for more information.
2 hours
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3 hours
POFT 1393 Special Topics: Introduction to Keyboarding or
POFT 2303 Speed and Accuracy Building
3 hours
15 hours

Semester II

MDCA 1417 Procedures in Clinical Setting 4 hours
MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance 3 hours
Speech elective 3 hours
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4 hours
14 hours

Summer Semester

MDCA 1160 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 hours
1 hours

Semester III

MDCA 1409 Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Assistants 1
This course may be eligible for articulation through the statewide ATC program. Check with your high school counselor for more information.
4 hours
MDCA 1448 Pharmacology/Administration Medications 4 hours
MDCA 1305 Medical Law and Ethics 3 hours
Language, Philosophy, & Culture elective OR
Creative Arts elective
3 hours
14 hours

Semester IV

MDCA 1402 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 4 hours
MDCA 1452 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 4 hours
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 1
This course may be eligible for articulation through the statewide ATC program. Check with your high school counselor for more information.
3 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 hours
14 hours

Summer Semester

MDCA 1161 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 hours
MDCA 1154 Medical Asst Credential Exam Review 1 hours
2 hours
Total hours:60 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century) 3 hours
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present) 3 hours
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater 3 hours
DRAM 2361 History of Theater I 3 hours
DRAM 2362 History of Theater II 3 hours
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1308 Music Literature I 3 hours
MUSI 1309 Music Literature II 3 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

ENGL 2321 British Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2322 British Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2323 British Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2326 American Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2327 American Literature I: Up to the Civil War 3 hours
ENGL 2328 American Literature II: Civil War to the Present 3 hours
ENGL 2331 World Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2332 World Literature I: Up to the 17th Century 3 hours
ENGL 2333 World Literature II: 17th Century to the Present 3 hours
ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature 3 hours
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I 3 hours
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I 3 hours
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I 3 hours
HUMA 1302 Introduction to Humanities II 3 hours
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions 3 hours
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3 hours
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I 3 hours
SGNL 2301 Intermediate ASL I 3 hours

Speech

COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3 hours
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication 3 hours

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