Medical Assisting

 

Overview

The Medical Assisting Program at Capital provides students with learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic, occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job placement, retention, and advancement. The program plan of study includes general education and career-focused medical assisting courses. It should be noted that individuals currently employed by medical facilities may qualify to register for the more advanced course offerings.

As multi-skilled practitioners, graduates of the program will be eligible for career positions in the fast-growing, in-demand healthcare industry such as medical offices, hospitals, school-based health centers, health insurance companies, ambulatory and urgent care centers.

The objective of the program is to provide each student the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills in the classroom, the laboratory, and during hands-on experience in the healthcare areas (externship). The mission of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for National Certification Examinations through AAMA and AMT organizations. Successful exam candidates will be awarded the CMA or RMA credentials.

Upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Review Board (www.maerb.org) , the Medical Assisting Program at Capital Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) until the Spring of 2024.

 Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of the medical assistant
  2. Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills
  3. Achieve entry-level competency in the performance of administrative functions
  4. Achieve entry-level competency in the performance of clinical functions
  5. Apply legal concepts and ethical considerations to the health care practice
  6. Participate as an active member of the healthcare team
  7. Participate and achieve a passing score on the national certification examination

Course of Study

FIRST SEMESTER (16 Credits)
CREDITS
BIO* 115 Human Biology¹ 4
MED* 125 Medical Terminology¹  3
CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications¹  3
ENG* 101 Composition  3
MED* 170 Law & Ethics for Health Centers¹  3
SECOND SEMESTER (15 Credits)
ENG* 102 Literature and Composition 3
MED* 141 Lab Principles for Medical Assisting 3
___ ___ Arts Elective 3
PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
___ ___ Humanities Electives (SPA* 101 recommended) 3
THIRD SEMESTER (12 Credits)
MAT* 137 Intermediate Algebra 3
MED* 112 Medical Insurance and Billing 3
MED* 241 Lab Principles for Medical Assisting II 3
 ___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
FOURTH SEMESTER (13 Credits)
MED* 114 Administrative Medical Office Assisting 4
MED* 131 Clinical Medical Assisting 3
MED* 219 Computerized Medical Practice Management 3
MED* 250 Principles of Pharmacology 3
Upon Completion of the Above Courses (4 Credits)
MED* 280 Medical Assisting Externship 4
TOTAL CREDITS
 60
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
¹ These courses must be taken in the 1st semester of the degree program.
‡ Prior to beginning the externship, student must submit documentation of
Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid Certification, and a minimum grade of C
in the following courses: MED* 125, MED* 141, MED* 131, MED* 250, MED*
112, and MED* 114. Students in the Medical Assisting program are financially
responsible for books, uniforms, transportation, and CPR/First Aid fees, in
addition to college tuition and fees.

Program Effectiveness Data

In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes, the performance of the Medical Assisting Program is reflected through program effectiveness data in the five-year weighted outlined in the Annual Reporting Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-228-2262

The Capital Community College Medical Assisting Program’s 2017 annual report to MAERB reflected the following five-year data from graduating class.

Graduate Satisfaction Rate

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Capital who participated in the graduate survey are satisfied with the education they received, as there is an average of 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.

Employer Satisfaction Rate

Employers who participated in the employer survey are satisfied with the education and training the students received and found the graduates to be competent in the work setting, as there is an average 100% employer satisfaction rate over the past five years.

Retention

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that completed the program. The annual report tracks this for the past five years. The retention rates were:

Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 5-year average
Retention 100% 100% 81% 77% 83% 88%

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a review of a program, institution or service. An individual CANNOT be accredited. Accreditation means that an educational institution maintains standards that are a requirement of academic excellence based on guidelines from the accrediting agency. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality; therefore, providing admission to other reputable higher education institutions or to achieve credentials for professional practice.

The Capital Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (www.maerb.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

CONTACT

Devi Mathur, MD, RMA
Program Coordinator – Medical Assisting
Room 824
dmathur@capitalcc.edu
(860) 906-5167

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