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Medical Assisting Program

2016-2017

Career Technical Education

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This is a Career Technical Education Program. 

Description

The Medical Assisting program offers a two semester Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting. All students who successfully complete the Medical Assisting program will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Graduates are eligible to sit for several national and state certification and registration exams. Students who have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting may continue and complete the additional courses needed for the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Interested students should contact the Special Admissions clerk at (619) 388-2684 or program director at (619) 388-2267.

Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete Directed Clinical Practice/ clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting, as a condition of placement at the clinic. Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in the Directed Clinical Practice/clinicallybased course and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program. Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility’s standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.

Award Type Units
Certificate of Achievement:
Medical Assisting 27.5
Associate of Science Degree:
Medical Assisting 27.5*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Career Options

Clinical Medical Assisting, Administrative Medical Assisting.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Medical Assisting Program will be able to:

  • Perform safe and effective technical skills relative to the medical assisting “scope of practice”.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and attributes necessary to be a medical assistant.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior relative to the medical assistant code of ethics.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing as appropriate for an entry level medical assistant.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Certificate of Achievement

Medical Assisting

Program Prerequisites: Units
MEDA 110 Medical Terminology 3
and
MEDA 55 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
or
BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
Courses Required for the Major: Units
MEDA 55 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
MEDA 56 Administrative Medical Assisting I 1.5
MEDA 64 Medical Ethics and Legal Issues for the Allied Health Professional 1
MEDA 68 Human Behavior for Allied Health Students 3
MEDA 76 Principles of Infection Control and Sterile Technique 1.5
MEDA 78 Principles of Patient Care 2
MEDA 82 Diagnostic Testing 1
MEDA 84 Phlebotomy for Medical Assisting 2
MEDA 86 Administrative Medical Assisting II 2
MEDA 88 Electrocardiogram Application 0.5
MEDA 92 Minor Surgery 0.5
MEDA 94 Medication Administration 0.5
MEDA 96 Directed Clinical Practice 3
MEDA 110 Medical Terminology 3
MEDA 115 Pathophysiology 3
Total Units = 27.5

Associate of Science Degree

Medical Assisting

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Program Prerequisites: Units
MEDA 110 Medical Terminology 3
and
MEDA 55 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
or
BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
Courses Required for the Major: Units
MEDA 55 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
MEDA 56 Administrative Medical Assisting I 1.5
MEDA 64 Medical Ethics and Legal Issues for the Allied Health Professional 1
MEDA 68 Human Behavior for Allied Health Students 3
MEDA 76 Principles of Infection Control and Sterile Technique 1.5
MEDA 78 Principles of Patient Care 2
MEDA 82 Diagnostic Testing 1
MEDA 84 Phlebotomy for Medical Assisting 2
MEDA 86 Administrative Medical Assisting II 2
MEDA 88 Electrocardiogram Application 0.5
MEDA 92 Minor Surgery 0.5
MEDA 94 Medication Administration 0.5
MEDA 96 Directed Clinical Practice 3
MEDA 110 Medical Terminology 3
MEDA 115 Pathophysiology 3
Total Units = 27.5