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Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for a role as a multi-skilled member of the healthcare team who assists in patient care management and clinical duties.

Administrative duties of the Medical Assistant include scheduling and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls and office correspondence; filing insurance claims; and maintaining office accounts.

Clinical duties include preparing patients for examination; obtaining and recording vital signs; taking medical histories; assisting with examinations and treatments; collecting specimens and performing routine office laboratory procedures; providing patient instruction for diagnostic tests, x-rays, and office procedures; and providing appropriate care in emergency situations.

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for a role as a multi-skilled member of the healthcare team who assists in patient care management and clinical duties.

Complete AHS-102 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete BIO-112 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete PSY-105 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete AOT-110 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete AOT-134 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete AOT-252 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete AOT-267 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete MED-113 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete MED-114 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete MED-117 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete HIM-130 (Minimum Grade: C)

Prior to entry into MED 117, students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:

• Physical Assessment

• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available

you must have titers for each(Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required

• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past

10 years.)

• Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)

• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required

• Physician’s evaluation

 

Clinical facilities require drug screens and background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be subject to drug screening at any time during their rotation. Results of background checks and drug screens will be reviewed with designated personnel at the affiliate clinical sites. To be accepted for a clinical placement, all findings must be satisfactory to all participating clinical sites. Students not accepted for clinical rotations will not be able to successfully complete the course or program. Students are required to hold current Healthcare Provider CPR certification prior to clinical rotation.  Clinical slots are limited for this course. Students must meet all pre-requisite and eligibility requirements. All course prerequisites must be met with a grade of “C” or better prior to entering MED 117.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program requires that the student have qualifying scores on the College’s placement test (Compass Writing 70, Compass Reading 81, Compass Pre-Algebra 54). Keyboarding skills (AOT 105 or exemption) are a prerequisite for entry into several of the major courses.

Administrative duties of the Medical Assistant include scheduling and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls and office correspondence; filing insurance claims; and maintaining office accounts. Clinical duties include preparing patients for examination; obtaining and recording vital signs; taking medical histories; assisting with examinations and treatments; collecting specimens and performing routine office laboratory procedures; providing patient instruction for diagnostic tests, x-rays, and office procedures; and providing appropriate care in emergency situations. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists, 10700 West Higgins Rd. Suite 150, Rosemont, IL 60018, phone:(847) 823-5169 fax:(847) 823-0458, www.amt1.com

This certificate is not accredited by AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants). Students graduating from this certificate program are NOT eligible to sit for the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) exam.

Useful Links:

Program Standards for Medical Laboratory Technology (PDF)
Department Page   
Gainful Employment Data

 

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