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Medical Assistant-Administrative/Clinical Degree and Certificate of Achievement

The associate degree and certificate curricula for medical assistant administrative/clinical are designed to prepare a student for employment in a medical office, a hospital business office, a clinic, or allied health facility. Careers are available as medical assistants, front and back office; insurance secretaries, admitting clerks, medical records clerks and receptionists in all medical facilities.

Course content includes medical terminology; medical typing, computer techniques and skills; medical forms, reports, and charts; medical insurance, billing, and collections, bookkeeping; effective human relations as related to a medical office; clinical procedures such as giving injections, sterilizing instruments, monitoring vital signs, assisting with minor surgery, instrument identification; and professional ethics and legal aspects.

Medical Assistant-Administrative/Clinical Degree Program graduates or Certificates of Achievement recipients will be qualified to assist doctors in clinical situations or function under the direct supervision of a medical doctor. Graduates and recipients will also be qualified to perform all clerical duties normally required in the medical office, hospital business office, clinics, and allied health facilities.  

Major requirements for the Medical Assistant Degree option:

Course ​Units
Medical Assistant 051A, Beginning Medical Terminology​ 3​
Medical Assistant 051B, Advanced Medical Terminology​ ​3
Medical Assistant 053, Medical Assistant-Administrative​ ​3
Medical Assistant 054, Medical Insurance and Billing Forms​ ​3
Medical Assistant 055, Medical Assistant-Clinical Back Office​ ​3
Business 080, Business Mathematics​ ​3
Electives​ (electives must be selected from the following courses: Business Applications 179, 180, 183, 184; Medical Assistant 001*, 020, 056). ​3-4

 * Due to federal and sate mandates, clinical facility, and/or program requirements, all students enrolled in Medical Assistant 001, Cooperative Work Experience Education - Occupational, may be required to have a cleared background check and a cleared drug test, along with verification of: TB, TDap, MMR, Hepatitis series and titer, Flu shot, and Varicella, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines/titers. Instructor will provide instructions on Background/Drug screen checks.

Major requirements for the Medical Assistant Certificate of Achievement option:

Medical Assistant 051A, Beginning Medical Terminology​3​
Medical Assistant 051B, Advanced Medical Terminology​​3
Medical Assistant 053, Medical Assistant-Administrative​​3
Medical Assistant 054, Medical Insurance and Billing Forms​​3
Medical Assistant 055, Medical Assistant-Clinical Back Office​​3


Medical Assistant pathway options:

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