Medical Assisting

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Medical Assisting Certificate program must complete a college application, indicating Medical Assisting as the major (C.MA).

Working with the Medical Assisting program administrator or academic advisor, you will plan the course sequence. You will have three years from the date of initial enrollment in the program in which to complete all certificate requirements – full- or part-time.

The Clinical Procedures I (MAS 113) course is the first course in the Program of Study sequence. In order to enroll in MAS 113, you must meet the prerequisites and co-requisites of the course:

Prerequisite(s)

Complete the College placement tests in English, Reading and Mathematics and place above the developmental level in English and Reading and at or above MAT 011.

Co-requisite(s)

BIO 103 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, HCP 224 Medical Terminology, OFM 101 Business Software Essentials and HCP/MAS 114 Medical Law and Ethics.

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Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Certificate Program are required to:

  1. Complete the College assessment tests in English, Reading and Mathematics and place above the developmental level in English and Reading and at or above MAT 011.
  2. Purchase all required textbooks, manuals, supplemental supplies, uniforms, and liability insurance. Note: no ear gauges, piercings other than the ear lobe, or visible tattoos are permitted while in uniform. Uniforms must be worn to the MAS 113 Clinical Procedures I, MAS 123 Clinical Procedures II, MAS 121 Medical Laboratory and MAS 130 Medical Assisting Practicum courses.
  3. Prior to beginning the MAS 123 Clinical Procedures II course students must:
    • Complete an orientation to the Medical Assisting Program
    • Have a comprehensive physical examination which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and a urine drug screen.
    • Submit application for Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal History Background Check. A Child Abuse History will and a Criminal Record may exclude the student from participation in the practicum component of the program.
    • Have a comprehensive physical examination which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and a urine drug screen.
    • Submit application for Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal History Background Check. A Child Abuse History will and a Criminal Record may exclude the student from participation in the practicum component of the program.
  4. Obtain and maintain required certification(s).
  5. Assume all responsibility for transportation to and from externship assignments including clinical experiences.
  6. Complete a national Medical Assisting certification examination prior to program completion.
  7. Refer to the Medical Assisting page on the College’s web site for information regarding specific course requirements, certification(s) and the part time day and part time evening course sequence.

Technical Standards

Medical Assisting involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of all Medical Assisting interventions and functions. Students enrolled in either Medical Assisting Program must exhibit the following characteristics:

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as needed in the accurate performance of clinical and administrative skills. Students must be able to read instrument scales, charts and graphs, prepare and maintain medical records, read medication orders, assess patient physical condition, and read and document significant findings.
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team in order to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as stethoscopes, fire alarms, etc. Additionally, the student must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally in order to elicit information. The students must be able to obtain vital signs, including blood pressure. Students must be able to interact with patients and members of the health care team, specifically interview patients, obtain patient histories, instruct patients with special needs, and use proper telephone technique.
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to carry out clinical and administrative procedures. Manual dexterity is essential in handling of all instrumentation i.e. manipulation of equipment, positioning and assisting patients, responding to emergency situations, and carrying out diagnostic procedures.
  4. Sufficient physical stamina for standing for extended periods of time is required with meeting the health needs of the patient as related to Medical Assisting.
  5. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively.
  6. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals and the health care team during stressful situations, including the ability to recognize emergency situations and intervene appropriately.