• Medical Assistant (419.1)
    Certificate

    South

    Also see Medical Assistant  (535.1).

    This certificate 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 program 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 the 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). The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of September 18, 2015. Probationary accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation imposed when a program does not continue to meet accreditation Standards but should be able to meet them within a specified time. CAAHEP is located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727.210.2350) www.caahep.org.

    As of the 2015 Annual Report Form (ARF), the Medical Assisting program at Community College of Allegheny County has a job placement rate average of 68.66% over the past five years.

    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.

     

     

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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    CIT-100Computer Fundamentals & Applications3
    MDA-105Clinical Medical Assisting 15
    MDA-104Administrative Office Management 4
    MDA-208 Medical Financial Management 3
     
    Total Credits: 18

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MDA-101Medical Transcription 1 3
    MDA-103Medical Assisting Seminar 3
    MDA-106Clinical Medical Assisting 2 5
    MDA-107Laboratory Procedures for the Medical Office3
     
    Total Credits: 14

    Summer

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MDA-108CMedical Assisting Externship 3
     
    Total Credits: 3
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 35
  • Limited Enrollment - Health Programs

    This Health program at CCAC is a limited enrollment program. This means that you cannot enroll in Health courses without having formally applied and been accepted into a program. This application is separate from your general CCAC application. Each program has unique admission requirements. For more information on applying to an Allied Health Career Program, please email your program of choice and your US Postal Mailing address to Allied Health Career Programs Admission Information. Applications are not available online.