Medical Assisting CAS
The Medical Assisting program is a one-year program that leads to a Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. The program prepares students for a career in Medical Assisting and consists of classroom instruction; laboratory experiences to allow for further understanding and practice of learned skills, critical thinking and decision-making; and clinical experiences to allow students to practice and perfect the clinical skills learned. Students who complete all courses are eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) certifications through National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
More About The Program
The Medical Assisting program is offered on the Montgomery campus.
First semester instruction includes both classroom lecture and skills lab practice where students learn and practice skills such as taking a patient history, documenting in an electronic medical record, medication administration, and specimen collection just to name a few. Virtual skill simulation is included which gives students immediate feedback on skills performed thereby gaining knowledge and confidence in all skills learned. Students will complete 45 hours in a health care setting to practice and perfect the skills learned in the classroom and lab. Students will also earn national certification in OSHA 10 Healthcare.
Second semester students will complete 120 hours in a healthcare setting with an approved Preceptor. Students will apply and document the clinical skills learned in the first semester to common diseases, conditions and disorders related to each body system/medical specialty across the life span. Students will also learn the skills needed to become certified Phlebotomy and EKG Technicians. Clinical are required for these courses as well and upon completion of the courses students will sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) certifications through National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Students who complete all courses for the Medical Assisting CAS are eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification through National Healthcareer Association (NHA) at the end of the program.
Course fees provide: NHA online test prep material and certification exam fees for all three certification exams, scrubs, mandatory background checks and drug screens, and a healthcare kit including a stethoscope. NOTE: proof of specific vaccinations is required prior to participating in the clinical experience and is at the expense of the student.
Please note: To be counted toward graduation, all ALHL, ATEC, BIOL and MEDC courses require a minimum grade of C or better.