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Associate in Science Degree Program Medical Assisting

Introduction

The Medical Assisting Program at Capital provides students with learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic, occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job placement, retention, and advancement. The program plan of study includes general education and career-focused medical assisting courses. It should be noted that individuals currently employed by medical facilities may qualify to register for the more advanced course offerings.

As multi-skilled practitioners, graduates of the program will be eligible for career positions in the fast-growing, in-demand healthcare industry such as medical offices, hospitals, school-based health centers, health insurance companies ,ambulatory and urgent care centers.

The objective of the program is to provide each student the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills in the classroom, the laboratory, and during hands-on experience in the healthcare areas (externship). The mission of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for National Certification Examinations through AAMA and AMT organizations. Successful exam candidates will be awarded the CMA or RMA credentials.

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763
  • Telephone: (727) 210-2350
  • www.caahep.org

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of the medical assistant
  2. Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills
  3. Achieve entry-level competency in the performance of administrative functions
  4. Achieve entry-level competency in the performance of clinical functions
  5. Apply legal concepts and ethical considerations to the health care practice
  6. Participate as an active member of the healthcare team
  7. Participate and achieve a passing score on the national certification examination

Program Effectiveness Data

In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes, the performance of the Medical Assisting Program is reflected through program effectiveness data in the five-year weighted outcome outlined in the Annual Reporting Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Examination Board (MAERB), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-228-2262.

Program effectiveness data includes the student retention rate, the graduate satisfaction survey, the employer satisfaction survey and the national certification exam pass rate. Questions regarding the program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Coordinator at 860-906-5156.

The Medical Assisting Program's 2015 annual report submitted to MAERB reflected the following in the five year weighted outcome:

Retention Rate - 2010 through 2015

The Medical Assisting Program at Capital has an average retention rate of 84% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.

Graduate Satisfaction Rate - 2010 through 2015

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Capital who participated in the graduate survey are satisfied with the education they received, as there is an average 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.

Employer Satisfaction Rate 2010 through 2015

Employers who participated in the employer survey are satisfied with the education and training the students received and found the graduates to be competent in the work setting, as there is an average 100% employer satisfaction rate over the past five years.

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 2010 through 2015

The Medical Assisting Program's credentialing examination pass rate is 77%, with majority of the students are successful on the first attempt.

FIRST SEMESTER(16 credits)
Composition
3
Human Biology
4
Medical Terminology
3
Introduction to Software Applications
3
Medical Law & Ethics
3
SECOND SEMESTER(15 credits)
General Psychology I
3
Composition and Literature
3
Lab Principles for Medical Assisting
3
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Humanities Elective
(SPA* 101 Recommended)
3
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Arts Elective
3
THIRD SEMESTER(12 credits)
Intermediate Algebra
3
Lab Principles II
3
Medical Insurance & Billing
3
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Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
FOUR SEMESTER(13 credits)
Administrative Medical Office Assisting
4
Principles of Pharmacology
3
Clinical Medical Assisting
3
Computerized Medical Practice Management
3
Upon Completion of the Above Courses(8 credits)
Phlebotomy
4
Medical Assisting Externship
4
 
Minimum Credits required for the Degree
64

¹ Click on the Course# for course description, pre-requisites and additional information.

+These courses must be taken in the 1st semester of the degree program. It should be noted that prerequisites may be waived for qualified candidates currently employed in a medical/administrative facility with the consent of the program coordinator.

** Prerequisites: CPR and First Aid Certification and a minimum grade of "C" in the following courses: MED*112, MED*114, MED*131, MED*141, MED *241, MED *219 and MED *250.