Medical Assistant (CP)

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Medical Assistants maintain the daily workflow of a medical office. Work activities vary depending on the medical setting but often include customer service, administrative and clinical tasks. Medical assistants work directly with physicians and patients to ensure a productive experience in a variety of healthcare environments. The Medical Assistant program prepares students for both front-office clerical and back-office clinical medical assisting responsibilities by providing cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning competencies. The Clark College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of the Clark College Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)'s Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination, a national certification for Medical Assistants. To gain employment as a Certified Medical Assistant, the student must graduate from the program and pass the CMA examination.

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
Select one from the following:5
BUSINESS ENGLISH (5 credits/units)
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (5 credits/units)
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (5 credits/units)
Subtotal5
Computational Skills
BMED 103MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS3
Subtotal3
Human Relations
BMED 166MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM 16
Subtotal6
Major Area Requirements
BMED 110MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I3
BMED 111MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II3
BMED 112INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY5
BMED 116MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I3
BMED 117MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES II3
BMED 129MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT5
BMED 137THERAPEUTIC COMM SKILLS FOR HEALTH PROF3
BMED 138LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE2
BMED 139MA ASSISTANT EXAMINATION REVIEW2
BMED 163MEDICAL OFFICE CLINICAL PROCEDURES I (with lab)6
BMED 164MEDICAL OFFICE CLINICAL PROCEDURES II (with lab) 26
BMED 165MEDICAL OFFICE LABORATORY PROCEDURES 24
Select one from the following:3
BEGINNING KEYBOARDING 3,4 (3 credits/units)
REFRESHER KEYBOARDING 3,4 (3 credits/units)
BTEC 148BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SELF DEVELOPMENT3
BTEC 149COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS3
HEOC 100BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 24
HEOC 104HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION3
HEOC 120AIDS EDUCATION1
HEOC 130PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS3
HLTH 124HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID1
Total Credits/Units80

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate use of medical office administrative and clinical software to complete medical office tasks (scheduling, patient information management, billing and office finances). (affective, cognitive and psychomotor)
  • Apply policies and principles of office management (patient reception, scheduling, billing and office finances). (affective, cognitive and psychomotor)
  • Apply policies and procedures for office management. (cognitive)
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications. (affective and psychomotor)
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task. (affective)
  • Accurately and effectively demonstrate clinical skills required of the medical assistant. (affective, cognitive and psychomotor)
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for taking the CMA Exam. (cognitive and psychomotor)