Medical Assisting

Certificate

About the Program

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
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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.

Goals:

  1. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. To provide students with a career that is easily articulated with other established health care careers, i.e., phlebotomy, nursing, paramedic, radiology, etc.
  3. To prepare graduates to pass the national exam for Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) or Registered Medical Assistants (AMT) demonstrating entry-level knowledge of medical assisting.

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.

Special Requirements

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:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Acceptable interview eligibility criteria:
    • TEAS V (September 2014-present): 52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
    • HOBET V (May 2012-September 2014): 52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
    • HOBET (May 2011-May 2012): 46 composite percent (minimum reading 46 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
    • SAT 950 (minimum critical reading 470) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
    • ACT 18 (minimum verbal 17) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
    • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; and keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; or
    • Associate degree or higher; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101.
    • The keyboarding test is available through the MTC Assessment Center. To be utilized for eligibility in lieu of a current math placement test, math courses must adhere to the timeframe for the Health Science courses (See the general Health Science section of the catalog). A COMPASS reading score of 88 or an ASSET reading score of 45 would equate to reading placement at the RDG 101 completion level.
  • Acceptable admissions criteria:
    • Current First Aid and CPR certifications at time of program entry
    • Program interview
    • Successful completion of all pre-requisite coursework for AOT 105, CPT 101/CPT 170, RDG 101, MAT 101
      • RDG 101 is a pre-requisite for MED 103 and MED 104
      • AOT 105 or a keyboarding test score of 25 wpm is a pre-requisite for MED 104
      • MAT 101 is a pre-requisite for MED 112
      • CPT 101/CPT 170 is a pre-requisite for MED 124
    • Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results at time of program entry.
  • Other criteria:
    • High school or college credits in science (recommended)

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