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Medical Assisting

Program Description: Medical Assisting is a five (5) semester diploma program that trains the student for administrative and clinical duties, primarily in physicians’ offices or clinics. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, obtaining medical histories, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing instruments, administering medications, and assisting the physician.  Administrative skills include answering phones, scheduling appointments, transcription, filing medical and insurance reports, arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services. The Medical Assisting diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Length of Program: One (1) semester of prerequisite courses and Four (4) semesters of occupational courses

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each term for general education courses; however, all prerequisite courses (ALHS 1011 – Structure and Function of the Human Body, One Diploma level Mathematics course, and ALHS 1090 – Medical Terminology for AHS) must be successfully completed prior to beginning certain cohort occupational courses.

Program Admission: Spring Semester for Occupational Courses.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria.  Contact Advisor or Admissions for details.  Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older prior to first clinical course.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: American Heart Healthcare  Provider CPR Certification, First Aid Certification, Drug Toxicology, Physical Exam, Current Immunizations, Criminal Background Check.

Note: As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to sit for the Medical Assisting Certification Examination unless granted a waiver by the Certifying Board. The waiver would be based on one or more mitigating circumstances listed in the Disciplinary Standards. Disciplinary standards are available in the office of the Southwest Georgia Technical College Medical Assisting Program Director.

In order for a student to graduate, he/she must sit for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam prior to graduation.

Program Final Exit Point: Medical Assisting, Diploma. Eligible to apply for national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant, CMA(AAMA).

Credits Required for Graduation: 61 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

The Southwest Georgia Technical College Medical Assisting Diploma 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; 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL, 33756; Phone: 1-727-210-2350; web site: www.caahep.org.

Note: Certain Credits from this program may be applied to the Medical Assisting degree program.

For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, occupational information, etc., Please Click Here.

 

Curriculum

Credit Hours

 
1. Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
  ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
  PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology (3)
  And one of the following (3 hours)
    MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
    MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts (3)
    MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry (3)
 
2. Occupational Courses (52 hours)
  ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
  ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care 3
  ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences 2
  BUSN 1440 Document Production 4
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  MAST 1010 Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office 2
  MAST 1030 Pharmacology in the Medical Office 4
  MAST 1060 Medical Office Procedures 4
  MAST 1080 Medical Assisting Skills I 4
  MAST 1090 Medical Assisting Skills II 4
  MAST 1100 Medical Insurance Management 2
  MAST 1110 Administrative Practice Management 3
  MAST 1120 Human Pathological Conditions in the Medical Office 3
  MAST 1170 Medical Assisting Externship 6
  MAST 1180 Medical Assisting Seminar 3
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