Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Medical Assistant

 See also Medical Assistant (certificate) program

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Associate of Science (535.1)

This degree program enables students in the certificate program the opportunity to continue their education and to complete the coursework needed for an associate's degree. This program prepares students for entry-level positions as a medical assistant in a physician's office, clinic or other healthcare setting. Medical assistants work with physicians of all specialties performing clinical and administrative duties. They assist with examinations and treatments, perform routine laboratory procedures, maintain medical records, complete insurance forms, arrange for diagnostic procedures, handle correspondence, transcribe notes and perform bookkeeping. Students graduating from this program will demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the profession. The program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains using classroom instruction with laboratory experience. The programs includes a 160-hour, non-paid clinical externship.

Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Students must be eligible for second-level developmental courses and have 40 words per minute typing proficiency.

A felony conviction may affect a student's eligibility to enroll in the clinical externship and a graduate's ability to take the national examination which is required to practice as a Medical Assistant.

A student must maintain a 2.0 college-level cumulative GPA to enter and remain in the program.

The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). CAAHEP is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 (727.210.2350) www.caahep.org.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the national examination for the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Perform clinical procedures related to patient examinations and assist the physician throughout the exam.
  2. Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to industry standards.
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  4. Perform administrative functions related to medical business practices.
  5. Display behavior in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 62–63

First Semester

Course #

   

Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

 

Medical Terminology

3

CIT-100

 

Computer Fundamentals & Applications

3

MDA-104

 

Administrative Medical Office Management

4

MDA-105

 

Clinical Medical Assisting 1

5

MDA-208

 

Medical Financial Management

3

 

 

Total Credits

18

Second Semester

BIO-103

 

Introduction to Human Biology

3

MDA-101

 

Medical Transcription

3

MDA-103

 

Medical Assisting Seminar

3

MDA-106

 

Clinical Medical Assisting 2

5

MDA-107

 

Laboratory Procedures for the Medical Office

3

 

 

Total Credits

17

Summer

MDA-108

 

Medical Assistant Externship

3

 

 

Total Credits

3

Third Semester

BUS-103

 

Principles of Management

3

ENG-101

 

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101

 

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

 

Mathematics Elective
(Refer to the mathematics course descriptions in the
CCAC academic catalog for mathematics courses
appropriate to specific program areas.)

3–4

 

 

Total Credits

12-13

Fourth Semester

ALH-125
BIO-107
 Pharmacology or
Pharmacology

3

ENG-102

 

English Composition 2

3

PSY-108

 

Human Growth & Development

3

SPH-101

 

Oral Communications

3

  

Total Credits

12

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