Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students are able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Basic knowledge in the principles and skills related to administrative, clinical, and general areas of medical assisting.
  2. Entry-level medical assistant employment skills.
  3. Professionalism as certified medical assistant (CMA).

Prerequisite Requirements

Demonstrate the following, or complete preparatory courses as recommended by the medical assisting academic advisor:

  • Placement into MATH A055 or above, or completion of MATH A054 with a minimum grade of C.
  • Placement into ENGL A111 or above, or completion, with a minimum grade of C, of PRPE A107 and PRPE A108, or ENGL A109.
  • Recommended keyboarding skill of 45 wpm or completion of keyboarding course(s).

Course Requirements

Complete the following required courses with a minimum grade of C in each course:

  • BIOL A100 Human Biology (3)
  • CIS A105 Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software (3) or CIOS A130A Word Processing I: MS Word (1) and CIOS A135A Spreadsheets I: MS Excel (1) and One additional credit of CIOS coursework (1)
  • MA A101 Medical Terminology (3)
  • MA A104 Essentials of Human Disease (3)
  • MA A120 Medical Office Procedures (4)
  • MA A140 Medical Transcription I (2-3)
  • MA A220 Coding for the Medical Office (3)
  • MA A230 Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office (3)
  • MA A250 Clinical Procedures I (4)
  • MA A255 Clinical Procedures II (4)
  • PSY A150 Lifespan Development (3)

Complete MA A295 Medical Office Externship. (5)

Successful completion of the above-listed 40 credits is required to be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Examination.

Additional Information Regarding Externship

  1. A recent physical examination is required prior to the beginning of externship. Each student must submit a physical examination that certifies the student is free from infectious diseases and physically able to participate in the externship portion of the program.
  2. Current Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) certificate in CPR/AED for infants, children and adults, and first aid certification are required prior to the start of externship, and must be kept current throughout the externship course.
  3. Current immunizations, proof of medical insurance, and criminal background checks are required by some medical offices which serve as medical office externship sites. The cost to meet these requirements is the responsibility of the student. Students who are injured while completing externship assignments are responsible for all associated medical costs. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain personal medical insurance.
  4. Transportation to off-campus externship sites is the responsibility of the student.