Medical Assisting

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Medical Assisting

A.A.S.

Expected Hours for A.A.S. Degree

63

What is Medical Assisting A.A.S.?

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to do the following:

  1.  Apply proficient knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology to health care procedures.
  2.  Examine patient charts and perform clinical duties / procedures essential in patient care
  3.  Evaluate patient files and perform administrative duties and information management in health care setting.
  4.  Analyze workplace decisions to be able to communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and co-workers.
  5.  Develop an awareness of and be able to recognize ethical and legal responsibilities of health care.
  6.  To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

What are my options at Cleveland State Community College?

Cleveland State Community College Program Options:

  • Medical Assisting A.A.S. degree
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Other related majors

  • Medical Office concentration: Administrative Professional Technology A.A.S. degree
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  • Medical Informatics A.A.S. degree
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Medical Assisting Outcomes

ID Number: 5797

Program Type: Associate Degree

Past 5-years Weighted Average

Retention in Program
97.92%

CMA (AAMA) Exam Passage
89.74%

Job Placement
91.04%

Employer Satisfaction
97.56%

The Cleveland State Community College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, 727-210-2350 (www.caahep.org).  The CSCC Medical Assisting Associate’s degree program has been accredited since 1998.

 

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

 

Students applying for admission to the program must meet the admission requirements for the Medical Assisting program.  Upon successful completion of the Medical Assisting curriculum, students will have acquired the knowledge and skills to establish eligibility for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA [AAMA]) exam.  Upon certification, graduates will have a reasonable opportunity to secure employment in a field related to the profession.


For more information, please contact the Medical Assisting Program Director at 423-614-8702.

What is the cost?

  • State residents: $152 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State residents: $475 per credit hour
  • Registration fees vary but are applied to your tuition costs for summary. You can check the updated page for fees, tuition, and expenses.

What are my options to pay for this degree?

  • Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov
  • A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid. He/she must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Program Schedule


Fall Semester

ADMN 1302

Keyboarding/ Formatting I

3

ADMN 1306

Medical Terminology I

3

ENGL 1010

Composition I

3

GEN 1010

First Year Seminar

3

MDCA 1301

Medical Assisting I

3


Fall Semester Milestones

  • Complete any learning support required in order to register for any MDCA courses.  MA I only begins each fall semester with a new group admitted into the program.
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  • Successful completion of ALL courses with a grade of “C” or better is required for the program.
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  • FINANCIAL AID ALERT-If you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is July 1. Please consult a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.
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  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Spring Semester

ADMN 1308

Office Procedures

3

INFS 1010

Computer Applications

3

MDCA 1302

Medical Assisting II

3

MDCA 1303

MA Administrative Procedures

3

PSYC 1030

General Psychology

3


Spring Semester Milestones

  • Beginning in MA II course, all students are counted in the program accreditation reports.  Discuss with your advisor about career choices.
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  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Please consult a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing. If this is your first term of enrollment and you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is December 1.
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  • Work with your advisor to discuss Fall registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Fall Semester

ADMN 1307

Survey of Coding

3

MDCA 2301

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

3

MDCA 2302

Healthcare Legal/Ethical Issues

3

MDCA 2403

Medical Assisting III

4

MATH 1530

Intro to Statistics

3


Fall Semester Milestones

  • CONGRATULATIONS-You are now entering the clinical/lab courses!
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  • FINANCIAL ALERT-If you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is July 1. Please consult a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.
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  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!
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  • Apply for Graduation in November.

Spring Semester

ADMN 2304

Introduction to Electronic Health Records

3

MDCA 2404

Medical Assisting IV

4

MDCA 2405

Medical Assisting Practicum

4

PSYC 2130

Life Span Psych.

3

HUM 1280

Comparative Cultures

3


Spring Semester Milestones

  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Please consult a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.
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  • Congratulations!  After you complete this semester’s courses and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA, you will be a Cleveland State graduate.
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  • Apply to graduate by completing the online Intent to Graduate form under the Graduation Tab within Registration Tools & Forms on CougarNet.
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  • Complete exit exam in the Testing Center. Schedule to take your exam by going to mycs.cc/testing.
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  • Take the CMA (AAMA) exam during the summer after graduation.
  • Inform the MA program director immediately of exam passing and employment after graduation.

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