CMA Exam Preparation, Medical Assisting

Program Goal

The goal of the UAA Medical Assisting Program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills)and affective (behavior) learning domains.

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) (Requires departmental approval)
  • MA A140 Medical Transcription I (2-3) (This course is no longer offered, see MA 235 Medical Billing, Insurance and Documentation)
  • MA A220 Coding for the Medical Office (3)
  • MA A230 Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office (3) (Soon to be MA 235 Medical Billing, Insurance and Documentation, offered Spring semester only)
  • MA A250 Clinical Procedures I (4) (Requires departmental approval)
  • MA A255 Clinical Procedures II (4) (Requires departmental approval)
  • 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 and documentation of required immunizations.  See the Student Health and Counseling Center website for required immunizations.
  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. Proof of medical insurance, a criminal background check, and a drug screening 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.
  5. Medical Office Externship is a 6-week, full-time, unpaid, supervised practicum of 223 contact hours in an ambulatory healthcare setting.  It is a CAAAHP-accreditation requirement that students shall not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise for the practicum experience. 
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