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Medical Assisting CCP

Medical Assisting Overview (5236) Limited Access

This program is suspended and no longer accepting students.

Type of Award

CCP - Career Certificate Program

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-health/default.aspx

Program Description

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

This CCP program prepares students for employment as vital members of a physician's health care team. This program is taught in an office-like setting, allowing students to learn the necessary skills to work in both the administrative and clinical settings of a physician's office, outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, medical and diagnostic laboratories, kidney dialysis centers and offices of other health care practitioners.

Coursework for the Medical Assisting program covers anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, basic accounting, insurance processing and electronic health records. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, medication administration and first aid. Coursework also includes practice with such skills as insurance coding and billing, posting charges, basic bookkeeping, front office reception, patient assessment, assisting with examinations, giving injections, phlebotomy, taking vital signs, doing electrocardiography and much more.

Program Accreditation

The Palm Beach State College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Complete an Application for Admission, located at www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications
  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official college/university transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.

Admission Requirements for Medical Assisting

In addition to the General Admission requirements, student must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. (Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

  • Take the TABE exam if not exempt from TABE testing. To determine if you are exempt, please go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/ academicservices/Curriculum-and-Programs
  • It is strongly suggested to attend a Medical Assisting information session but not a requirement for admission; dates located on program website.
  • Submit a completed Limited Access Medical Assisting program application, located on the program website, by the deadline date.

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program. Students must pass with the following minimum TABE scores prior to completion of the third sequence of the program: Reading: 10; English: 10; Mathematics: 10 or qualify for TABE exemption.

Program Length

1,300 hours, or approximately 13 months. Medical Assisting is a daytime program only.

Location

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information

Barbara Kalfin, Program Director, kalfinb@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3562 

 

Cathy Lombard, Health Science Advisor, lombardc@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3949

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment as a medical assistant in a physician's office, hospital, outpatient clinic, chiropractors, pediatrics, emergency 24-hour care, private and public educational agencies, alternative ambulatory health care services, state and local government agencies, referral and diagnostics labs, and other specializations.

Career Path Notes

Upon program completion, students must sit for the American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA) national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA). Employers are making hiring decisions based on proof that a candidate for a medical assistant position is certified.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

Required Courses (Clock Hours: 1,300)

MEA0005Introduction to Medical Assisting (CCP)

78 Clock Hours

MEA0231Anatomy and Physiology (CCP)

69 Clock Hours

MEA0230Medical Terminology for Body Systems (CCP)

95 Clock Hours

OTA0100Introduction to Keyboarding/word Processing (CCP)

60 Clock Hours

MEA0310Introduction to Medical Office Procedures (CCP)

90 Clock Hours

MEA0520Phlebotomy for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

MEA0242Pharmacology for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

95 Clock Hours

MEA0540Electrocardiography for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

MEA0234Diseases, Disorders, and Treatment for Medical Assisting 1 (CCP)

120 Clock Hours

MEA0258Radiology for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

50 Clock Hours

MEA0334Medical Insurance and Coding (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

MEA0237Diseases, Disorders, and Treatment for Medical Assisting 2 (CCP)

120 Clock Hours

MEA0254Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

50 Clock Hours

MEA0322Advanced Medical Office Procedures (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

MEA0801Externship In Medical Assisting (CCP)

173 Clock Hours

Total Credit Hours: 1300

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Clock Hours: 392)

MEA0005Introduction to Medical Assisting (CCP)

78 Clock Hours

MEA0231Anatomy and Physiology (CCP)

69 Clock Hours

MEA0230Medical Terminology for Body Systems (CCP)

95 Clock Hours

OTA0100Introduction to Keyboarding/word Processing (CCP)

60 Clock Hours

MEA0310Introduction to Medical Office Procedures (CCP)

90 Clock Hours

 

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Clock Hours: 440)

MEA0234Diseases, Disorders, and Treatment for Medical Assisting 1 (CCP)

120 Clock Hours

MEA0258Radiology for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

50 Clock Hours

MEA0334Medical Insurance and Coding (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

MEA0237Diseases, Disorders, and Treatment for Medical Assisting 2 (CCP)

120 Clock Hours

MEA0322Advanced Medical Office Procedures (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

 

Term Three - Summer (Year One) (Clock Hours: 295)

MEA0254Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

50 Clock Hours

MEA0520Phlebotomy for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

MEA0242Pharmacology for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

95 Clock Hours

MEA0540Electrocardiography for The Medical Assistant (CCP)

75 Clock Hours

 

Term One - Fall (Year Two) (Clock Hours: 173)

MEA0801Externship In Medical Assisting (CCP)

173 Clock Hours

 

Total Credit Hours: 1300