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Medical Assistant

2019-20 Medical Assistant (PDF)

Certificate of Completion
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

Medical assistants are health care practitioners qualified by education, experience, and examination to assist doctors in the performance of patient care, examination, and documentation. These multi-skilled practitioners, under the supervision of a physician, perform or assist in taking patient vitals, front office medical administrative tasks, back office clinical procedures, and ECG testing. Medical assistants are the face of medical offices and are often the first people with whom patients come into contact. They may perform basic medical coding and billing, scheduling, and patient flow and screening. Other duties may include point of care testing, phlebotomy and specimen collection. Medical assistants are responsible for recording patient information into the electronic medical records systems and must be able to master various computer software programs.

Successful completion of this three-term program prepares students to be eligible for the Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), or other national medical assisting accrediting agencies, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) phlebotomy certification exam. Since January 2015, most medical practices will require medical assistants to have a national certification. The phlebotomy certification is not required but will strongly improve employability. The curriculum for the program is based on the standards and guidelines for the CMA and ASCP phlebotomy certifications, which can be reviewed on the following websites: NHA www.nhanow.com and ASCP www.ascp.org/. Students attend classes within a cohort structure, and courses are offered during the daytime or evening based on initial application preference and availability.

The U.S. Department of Education requires disclosure of specific information about career and technical certificate programs t prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies, job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students completing the programs. For more information visit www.roguecc.edu/GainfulEmployment


Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Medical Assistant Certificate program are:

Skillfully perform and document routine clinical procedures according to current office protocol.

Perform and document routine administrative procedures according to current office protocol.

Collect, process, and test diagnostic specimens.

Maintain industry standards of quality control and safety principles in the workplace.

Uphold legal and ethical standards and confidentiality for patient privacy.

Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.

Demonstrate professionalism through acceptable attitude, organization and time management skills, and attire.

Students may opt to continue their education by transferring to Oregon Tech for a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management with a clinical option or by completing additional requirements and applying to the Nursing program at either RCC or Oregon Health and Science University.


Entry Requirements/Application Process

This is a competitive-entry program because of limited clinical space in medical offices as well as the delicate balance of job opportunities in medical assisting. Enrollment is limited.

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements before the program start date.

Program admission occurs two times per year. Visit www.roguecc.edu/alliedhealth/ma for program application details. Students must complete specific health and immunization requirements and background check prior to starting the program, and a drug screen prior to starting practicum experience. This screening process has an associated fee. Contact the Allied Health Department for more information.


Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.


Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to Medical Assistant students admitted to the program during the current academic year. The program of study, graduation requirements, and courses are under constant review and are subject to revision. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Prerequisites to Cohort Acceptance
Course No.
Course Title
Credits
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 1
3
CS/CIS___ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Science or Computer Information Science class, CS/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years. 0-4
HE252 First Aid/CPR or
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1,2 and HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider
2-3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I 1
4
WR115 Introductory to Expository Writing or
BT113 Business English I or higher level composition class
3-4
Total Prerequisite to Cohort Credits 12-18
Required Core Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Credits
First Term
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
AH101 Medical Assistant: Administrative 3
AH102 Medical Assistant: Clinical 3
AH123 Legal and Ethical Issues for Medical Personnel 2
BI100SB Biology of Human Body Systems 3 3
DA150 Introduction to Practicum and Seminar 4 1
15
Second Term
AH103 Medical Assistant: Specialty 3
AH104 Phlebotomy 3
AH105 Communication and Professional Behavior 2
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
AH170 Medical Assistant Practicum and Seminar 4
15
Third Term
AH171 Medical Assistant Practicum and Seminar 8
EMS160 Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation 2
EMS165 Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Occupations 2
  Approved program elective(s) 3
15
Total Program Credits 45
Approved Program Electives (0-3 credits required):
Course No.
Course Title
Credits
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CG155 Exploring Careers in Health Care 3
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
MTH64 Pharmacy Calculations 2
SP100 Basic Communication 3
SRV101 Service Learning 1

1 Required for graduation.

2 American Heart Association (AHA) certification must remain current for the duration of the program.

3 Students who have completed either BI121 and BI122 or BI231, BI232, and BI233 (the entire sequence of either series) with an equivalent “C” or better grade do not need to take BI100SB.

4 Prerequisites for DA150 waived for non-Dental students.


For more information regarding the program and selection process, contact the Allied Health Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7565
Toll free in Oregon:  800-460-6766, Ext. 7565
email: alliedhealth@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/alliedhealth
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