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
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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.
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.
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|1. Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)|
|ENGL||1010||Fundamentals of English I||3|
|And one of the following (3 hours)|
|MATH||1012||Foundations of Mathematics||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|
|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|