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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, AAS

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Additional information available on the Medical Assistant Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy 

One Associate of Applied Science degree option and one certificate option are available. The areas of Medical/Clinical Assisting are designed to prepare individuals to assist with clinical and administrative functions as employees within the ambulatory health care setting. All students become familiar with multiple medical diagnostic and treatment procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory setting including phlebotomy, laboratory testing, respiratory testing and treatments, cast care, wound care, medication dosage calculation and administration, performing EKG (electrocardiogram) while interacting with patients and their needs.

Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have permission of coordinator to enroll. Students must have a grade of C or better in all classes to pass program/certification requirements.

Internship courses (MAP 1083  and MAP 2080 ) require additional considerations prior to enrollment, which include:

  • Meeting with program coordinator in person the semester prior to internship for clearance;
  • Proof of vaccines or blood titers for: tuberculin skin tests, proof of measles, rubella and rubeola, proof of hepatitis B, current year flu vaccination, chickenpox (Varicella), and a current tetanus;
  • Obtaining a physical exam by their private physician at their own cost;
  • PPSC approved criminal background checks and drug screening on all students;
  • For specific disqualifiers on the background investigation, students should contact a MOT faculty advisor;
  • Current CPR certification.

Failure to pass the criminal background or drug screen test will result in the inability to complete the desired certification or degree.

The criminal background check and drug screening process is completed online through the PPSC Human Resources Department, with associated cost for the background check and urine drug screening services. Further information is available on the program home page and will be provided upon advising with the program coordinator.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for the following courses within these programs: HPR 1020 , HPR 2020 MAP 1083 , MAP 2038 , MAP 2040 , and MAP 2080 , or MOT 1081  and MOT 1082 . See program advisor for details.

HPR 1039  Medical Terminology must be completed in the students initial (first) term.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant degree program, students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe body system structures and/or, disorders and/or diseases
  • Discuss legal and/or ethical issues as applicable to medical practices
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Perform medical administrative and/or financial tasks
  • Perform accepted clinical and/or laboratory skills for the ambulatory care setting
  • To prepare competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains

Medical Assistant

This degree is designed to prepare individuals to work in both administrative and clinical areas of physician’s office or outpatient medical clinic. Students successfully completing this degree program will be able to perform the administrative tasks of a medical receptionist and work in the clinical areas by providing assistance with physical examinations, diagnostic tests, and treatment procedures.

Students may complete deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have permission of coordinator to enroll.

Program Prerequisite:

HPR 1011  CPR for Professionals or current active CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification from AHA (American Heart Association) approved training plan. Online CPR training certification is not accepted.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 46

Total Credit Hours: 61

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