A.A.S. Degree in Medical Assisting (A45400)

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations, assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration, and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Graduates of CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physician's offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

Additional requirements that must be met following admittance to the program are as follows:

1. Before beginning the clinical externship portion of the program, students are required to have a Health Care provider level current First Aid/CPR certification effective throughout the entire two-semester externship rotations. Evidence of physical health must be provided by submitting a completed Student Medical Form to Martin Community College and a current immunization record. Failure to provide the listed materials in a timely manner will prevent progress through the program by making the student ineligible for placement in externship.

2. Students accepted into the Medical Assisting Program will be required to meet the safety standards for health care workers' exposure to blood borne pathogens including, but not limited to, HBV immunizations as printed in the Medical Assisting Student Handbook. Evidence of HBV immunization must be provided to be eligible for externship.

3. Additional Medical Assisting policies and procedures are outlined in the Medical Assisting Student Handbook and are available from both full-and part-time Medical Assisting faculty.

4. Students entering clinical externships (usually in their last two semesters) may be required by the clinical site to provide a criminal background check and a drug screening test before or during each rotation. A criminal history or positive drug screen may preclude the student from being placed for clinical rotation and therefore prevent the student from finishing the degree or diploma. A positive drug screen during the rotation will result in a failing grade for that clinical and will prevent the student from continuing in the program.

Medical Assisting Program Data
(5-year weighted outcomes)
(2010-2014)
  1. The Medical Assisting Program has an average retention rate of 92% for the past five years.
  2. The Medical Assisting program has a job placement rate average of 80.56% over the past five years.
  3. Students in the Medical Assisting Program are satisfied with the education that they receive and there is a 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.
  4. Employers are satisfied with graduates from Medical Assisting with a 100% satisfaction rate over the past five years.
Suggested Sequence of Courses
FALL SEMESTER 1
ACA 115--Success and Study Skills
MED 110--Orientation to Medical Assisting
BIO 163--Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
MED 118--Medical Law and Ethics
MED 121--Medical Terminology I
MED 130--Administrative Office Procedures I
MED 140--Examination Room Procedures I
SPRING SEMESTER 1
MAT 110--Mathematical Measures
MED 122--Medical Terminology II
MED 131--Administrative Office Procedures II
MED 150--Laboratory Procedures I
MED 240--Examination Room Procedures II
SUMMER SEMESTER 1
*CIS--111 Basic PC Literacy
MED--138 Infection/Hazard Control
MED--272 Drug Therapy
FALL SEMESTER 2
ENG--111 Expository Writing
MED--113 Orientation to Clinic Setting II
MED--114 Prof Interactions in Health Care
MED--232 Medical Insurance Coding
MED--270 Symptomatology
MED--276 Patient Education
PSY--150 General Psychology
SPRING SEMESTER 2
ENG--115 Oral Communication
HUM--115 Critical Thinking
MED--260 Medical Clinical Externship
MED--262 Clinical Perspectives
MED--264 Medical Assisting Overview
*May be substituted by OST 136 Word Processing