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. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential. Medical Assistants who successfully complete the Certification Examination are granted the “Certified Medical Assistant” (CMA) credential. The Guam Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).
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The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment as medical assistants in physician’s offices or clinics. The 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 Introduction to Medical Assisting, admission to the Medical Assisting program is required before enrollment in any Medical Assisting technical requirement course. Admission to the Medical Assisting program includes:
- Advisement from Allied Health faculty.
- Completion of English and Mathematics Placement Tests with minimum scores or completion of English and mathematics development courses and attainment of passing scores.
- Health Clearance, which includes physical immunization (PPD, Hep B, 1, 2, 3).
Prerequisites are listed for certain related technical requirement courses.
Pre-requisite courses are not required for program entry, but must be completed for approval for entry into the program learning group or cohort. When the student enters the learning group, he or she will begin Medical Assistant Program Specific courses with the exception of MS 101, which can be taken before or concurrently when entering the learning group or cohort.
- EN 110 - Freshman Composition (3) + or placement examination.
- MA 108 - Introduction to College Algebra (3) + or placement examination
- HL 150 - Study of Diseases (3)
- HL 190 - Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health Professionals 4
- Health clearance to include physical and immunizations- PPD, with the addition of a Hepatitis B vaccine or declination form.
- Police and court clearance will be required for acceptance into Medical Assistant cohort.
Note: Only courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the certificate. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better to continue in the program. If students earn any grade below a “C” in their medical assisting courses, they will not be able to continue the course sequence. Each class must be successfully passed in order to move on to upper level courses.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Upon successful completion of the Certificate 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.