The mission of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare students for employment as medical assistants in physician’s offices or clinics and to provide students opportunities to further their career in the medical assisting field.
Medical Assistants assist physicians in private medical offices, clinics and in hospital outpatient clinics with patient care as well as with routine office laboratory and diagnostic tests. It is mandatory for students declared in the associate degree program in medical assisting to be declared in the certificate program. Because of new requirements under the AAMA, only the Certificate Program is eligible for accreditation and only graduates from the Certificate program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam. Medical Assistants who successfully complete the Certification Examination are granted the “Certified Medical Assistant” (CMA) credential. Therefore, all students declared in the AS in Medical Assisting will automatically be declared into the Certificate in Medical Assisting program.
GCC’s Medical Assisting curriculum is designed to provide training in administrative and clinical settings. Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures (including appointment scheduling, billing, and insurance), assisting with examinations, surgical and laboratory procedures, including venipuncture and pharmacology. With the exception of enrollment in MS 101 Intro to Medical Assisting, enrollment in any Medical Assisting technical requirement course requires:
- placement into EN 110 or successful passing of EN 100R /EN 100W , and
- health clearance (physical immunization - PPD, Hep B, 1, 2, 3).
Note: Only the technical required courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the Associate degree. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better to continue in the program.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Upon successful completion of the AS in Medical Assisting program, students will be able to:
- Display professionalism, including adherence to ethical and legal responsibilities, in performing administrative and clinical duties.
- Meet National Standards for Medical Assistants in carrying out administrative duties in the clinic or physician’s office.
- Enter the health service field as certified medical assistants.