- Credit Hours: 3
This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.
Medical assistants perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics and emergency medical centers. Clerical duties include screening and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; typing and transcribing medical reports; handling telephone calls and correspondence; entering data; filing insurance claims; and maintaining patient accounts. Clinical duties include preparing patients for examinations; obtaining vital signs; taking medical histories; assisting with examinations and treatments; performing routine office laboratory procedures (urinalysis, phlebotomy, CBC, specimen collection and shipment); performing electrocardiograms; and instructing patients for advanced procedures. Required clinical experience (externship) is provided in a variety of outpatient settings including physician offices, clinics and emergency medical centers during the third semester of the program. The Medical Assisting Certificate Program offered at the Airport Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Third semester students should plan to take a medical assisting certification examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates will receive the Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant, RMA (AMT) credentials.
Learning experiences for students in the Medical Assisting Certificate Program are provided in classrooms and laboratories on the Airport Campus in Lexington Hall. Student preclinical experience is provided in a simulated medical office adjacent to the classroom. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local medical offices and other healthcare facilities.
The Medical Assisting Program at Midlands Technical College has a Job Placement Rate average of 89.66% and Exam Pass Rate of 100% over the past five years. Click here to view report.
Students who are admitted to the Medical Assisting program are required to purchase and maintain standard white laboratory coats at an approximate cost of $25. Students must maintain at least a “C” in all Medical Assisting courses. Students may repeat no more than two program courses. All classes are at Airport Campus and admitted only during the fall semester.
In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences Department, specific admission criteria to the Medical Assisting program are:
|BIO-112||Basic Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|ENG-101||English Comp I||3|
|MED-103||Medical Assisting Introduction||3|
|MED-104||Medical Assisting Administrative Procedu||4|
|MED-109||Medical Business Records||3|
|MED-112||Medical Assisting Pharmacology||2|
|MED-113||Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques||3|
|MED-114||Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures||4|
|MED-117||Clinical Practice I||5|
|MED-124||Medical Computer Practicum||3|
|MED-134||Medical Assisting Financial Management||2|
|Total Credit Hours||39|