Mar 19, 2018  
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog 
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog

Medical Assisting, A.S.

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Program Mission

The mission of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare high quality medical assistant 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, and promote individual development and improve the overall quality of life in our multicultural community.

Program Description

Medical Assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Physicians value this unique versatility more and more, as managed care necessitates the need to contain costs and manage human resources efficiently. Medical Assistants are trained allied health professionals who work primarily in physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, but also in hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assistants are trained to perform clinical back office procedures and administrative tasks. In contrast to most other allied health professionals who work in inpatient hospital settings, Medical Assistants, work primarily in outpatient clinics under the direct supervision of a physician. One portion of his or her training that concentrates on administrative medical assisting provides suitable background for employment in health maintenance organizations, home health care organizations, and nursing homes. Their training as clinical medical assistants creates a well-rounded Medical Assistant that can perform a variety of tasks both administrative and clinical. The most common task performed by the medical assistant is recording patient history and personal information, measureing vital signs (, such as blood pressure), helping the physician with patient examinations, giveing patients injections or medications as directed by the physician, scheduleing patient appointments, drawing and prepareing blood samples for laboratory tests, and entering patient information into medical records. Once a student from the Guam Community College has successfully completed the Medical Assistant Program, he or she will be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) national certification examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT). The Guam Community College is affiliated partner with the American Medical Technologist (AMT).

10700 West Higgins Rd, Suite 150

Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: 847.823.5169

Fax: 847.823.0458

Note: The student must have a “C” or better in all courses to receive a certificate in Medical Assisting. Students must pass each course with a “C” or better to continue toward the next course in the program. Those students who do not successfully complete a core technical of related technical requirement course will have to wait a minimum of one year for reentry, for further information please refer to Medical Assistant Program Hand Book.

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Upon successful completion of the AS in Medical Assisting program, students will be able to:

1. Describe legal and ethical principles that affect the role of a medical assistant                          

2. Demonstrate proficiency in administrative medical office procedures

3. Demonstrate proficiency in clinical procedures

4. Perform medical laboratory procedures

A. General Education Requirements

Please refer to the General Education  requirements in this catalog.

Note: Medical Assisting students must take   EN 110  , MA 110A  , and HL 190   to fulfill their General Education requirements.

Minimum Total General Education Requirements - 19

Total Technical Requirements - 27

Total Related Technical Requirements - 14

Minimum Total Credits Required - 60

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